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Tobago and Trinidad – Educational Facilities

"Tobago’s very own “Dwight York - Schoolboy to Football Superstar”

The Educational system is modelled on the British system and produces one of the highest standards of education in the Caribbean.
Primary school education is compulsory and Secondary school education is available to all children with approximately two-thirds of the 12/15 age group staying on there and one third following other types of training.

Students have the opportunity to further their careers at Secondary school (Grade 12 level) when they can take the regional Caribbean Examinations Council acceptable as an entry qualification for Higher Education in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. After Grade 12, students can continue in Secondary school for a further two years to take the British “Advanced Level” examinations set up by the Universities of Cambridge and London.
Two private schools were opened in 1994 and follow the lines of the American and Canadian Education system.

• Fifteen technical and vocational schools taking approximately 5000 students.
• The Government sponsors a Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme whose nine month courses turn out 8000 graduates a year.
• The Trinidad and Tobago Hotel School offers courses for the Hotel, Catering and Travel Industries.
• The University of the West Indies based on campuses in Trinidad, Mona, Jamaica and Barbados offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes for 3,300 students in the areas of Agriculture, Business Administration, Engineering, Humanities, Languages, Law, Natural and Social Sciences.
• The Institute of Business offers Post Graduate courses on business related topics.
• The National Institute of Higher Education, Research and Technology operates a College of Health Science, Nursing, a School of Languages and Information Technology skills.
• The Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex is one of the leading facilities of its kind in the Caribbean.
• Trinidad and Tobago have a well-educated work force of over 500,000 with an adult literacy rate of approximately 80/85%.

School Boy to Hero

A real success story - Dwight Yorke – brought up and educated in Tobago, he was signed by Aston Villa from his home club, St. Clair’s Coaching School in 1989 for £120,000 and signed later for Manchester United for £12.6 million! In recognition of his outstanding achievement and success he was awarded Tobago’s highest honour “The Keys to The Capital”. The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet is named in honour of Tobago’s “homegrown” international football star.

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