Government provides free education for Caymanian children at primary and secondary schools; over 20 pre-schools are privately operated. On Grand Cayman, government primary schools, located in all main communities, feed into a middle school, which on Cayman Brac is incorporated into the high school. Both government high schools take students to "CXC" (Caribbean Examinations Council), external school-leaving exams which are roughly equivalent to the British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). In addition to the CXC, the high schools offer a range of other external examinations to meet all ability levels. These include IGCSE (the international version of GCSE); Pitman's; City and Guilds, etc. At the University College, the GCSE Advanced Level Examination is offered to those who have passed the CXC at the required levels.
There are ten private schools. Most are affiliated with churches and follow the Caribbean/British educational model, but some offer a USA 12-grade curriculum.
For the adult, Government operates a four-year college, the University College of the Cayman Islands, and a law school. Grand Cayman is also home to the International College of the Cayman Islands which offers Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate degrees, St. Matthew’s University which operates a medical school and a veterinary medicine school, and the United Church’s ITLD which offers Master’s, Bachelor’s and Certificate degrees in counseling.
Even more educational opportunities are available. For example, the National Gallery offers art courses and the University of the West Indies offers distance learning – both in conjunction with the University College; several businesses teach computer skills and some offer review courses for professional examinations; and the Chamber of Commerce regularly schedules workshops on management and supervisory skills.
Last Updated: 2011-08-02