In planning for the development of school infrastructure and providing the resources for a first class education, The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services (MoEYCLS) annually collates data on the Education System. This data consists of information on teacher population and qualifications; student enrolment and nationality; examinations and financial statistics for public and private schools and tertiary and continuing education. Once analysed, the data which is published in the Ministry’s Education Digests informs the policies and programmes designed for the growth and development of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands through education.
The latest of these Digests which covers 2015 – 2016 and 2016 – 2017 can now be accessed on the Government Website. These statistics allow for the monitoring and evaluation of the National Education System against regional and international provision and are sort by external agencies such as the Caribbean Development Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, CARICOM and the European Union. Many of these agencies provide technical as well as financial support in building the capacity, for improving the services which afford, to all our citizens, lifelong learning opportunities in safe environments.
The efficiency with which this education data is collected and analysed has been improving since the introduction of the UNESCO data management software OpenEMIS in 2016. Both public and private schools have now been registered and can take advantage of this mechanism for recording and analyzing enrolment, attendance, teacher, assessment, welfare and financial information on their schools. The software is being updated and the Department of Education has been providing training in the use of this valuable tool which saves time and allows for the easy management of data.
The published Education Digests have been made available at https://www.gov.tc/ under the ‘Reports and Statistics’ tab for MoEYCLS and show trends in education statistics from 2013.