Access to secondary education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was inequitable, there were inadequate curriculum materials, student violence in schools contributed to drop out rates, and some secondary schools were overcrowded. Quality was also deficient; teachers’ qualifications were low and instructional materials were not sufficient to support delivery of the curriculum.
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Education Development Project (OEDP)—St. Vincent and the Grenadines Education Development Project was designed to support the priorities identified in the government’s Education Sector Development Plan. This plan aimed at achieving universal secondary enrollment through construction and rehabilitation of education infrastructure, particularly in underserved areas. The project also focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning through teacher training and establishment of libraries.
The project contributed to improved equity of access and quality of secondary education. Key outcomes included:
- Increased enrollment by about 750 students between 2004 and 2011, through construction of a new secondary school to accommodate about 750 students.
- Improvement in the proportion of students passing at least five subjects at the Caribbean Examinations Council, from 37 percent in 2004 to 51 percent in 2011.
- Introduction of a new curriculum policy, which is better aligned with the Caribbean Examinations Council, and meets the diversified learning needs of students.
- Placement of trained counselors and peers counselors in all secondary schools to reduce school violence and improve attendance.
- Establishment of 16 library information centers and classroom libraries to enhance the teaching of numeracy and literacy at the primary level and to ensure better preparation for secondary education.
Bank Group Contribution
The Bank provided financing of SDR2.2 million and US$3.1 million in 2004.