#Providenciales, January 3, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – All schools and educational institutions operating in the Turks and Caicos Islands are required by law to seek approval to operate from, and register with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services. Pre-primary, Primary and secondary schools are regulated by the Department of Education and all post-secondary and higher education institutions and programmes are regulated by the Higher Education Advisory Board.
In an effort to ensure compliance and streamline the quality of education provision at the pre-primary, primary and secondary levels, the Ministry is requesting all private Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary schools & Tertiary Institutions currently operating in the country to re-register with the Ministry of Education and to have their documents submitted to the Department of Education before 31st March 2019. The Registration form will be available on the Ministry’s website, emailed to existing schools and a limited number of hard copies will be available at the Department of Education offices on Grand Turk and Providenciales as of Monday, 31st December 2018.
Once the completed registration form along with supporting documents are received, an inspection team comprised of officers from the Department of Education, the Departmental of Environmental Health, the Planning Department and the Fire Department will conduct site inspections. The outcome of the inspections and review of registration forms will be communicated to proprietors and Principals. Schools that are in full compliance will be issued with a certificate by the Ministry of Education which will be used to enable them to proceed with renewal of business licenses for the 2019/2020 academic year. Schools not satisfying the inspection criteria will be given a deadline by which full compliance is to be achieved.
The Ministry of Education commends all proprietors of private schools who assist the Government with fulfilling its obligation to provide access to quality education. Our aim, through this re-registration exercise is to improve the efficiency of the administrative support, programming, quality assurance and standards we provide to private schools in order to ensure that optimal educational outcomes are achieved for students in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Press Release: Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services