Dominica is in a seismic zone and, like other Caribbean countries, is exposed to tropical storms and hurricanes. Tourism is considered one of the country’s main economic industries, but the closure of the borders as a result of COVID-19 contributed to the economic hardship of its inhabitants.
In terms of population, Dominica is home to people of African, Indo-Caribbean, East Indian and European (Irish, British and French) descent, as well as small groups of Lebanese, Syrians and Asians. It is also characterised by the presence of a very small population of approximately 3,000 Caribs (Kalinagos).
The Education Act No. 11 of 1997 – associated with the OECS Harmonised Education Bill – and its amendments provide the regulatory framework for education from pre-primary to higher education.
Education is compulsory for ages 5 to 16. There are approximately 12,500 students in the country, from kindergarten to upper secondary, in 157 educational units with 1,178 teachers. 40% of students are located in the country.
Forty per cent of the students are in rural schools. In kindergarten and pre-primary, education is almost entirely private. By contrast, in primary and secondary education, 97% of students attend public schools. Ensuring full access remains a challenge, particularly at lower socio-economic levels and in upper secondary education.
Knight, V., Marshall, J., Depradine, K., & Moody-Marshall, R. (2021). Dominica´s country review. Santiago de Chile: SUMMA.
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