The efforts to add a 13th year to the Virgin Islands’ school system are progressing, and will be in place for some students for the upcoming fall term, Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn said last Thursday.


In a statement before the House of Assembly, Mr. Walwyn said that work to improve aspects of the educational system is under way.

“We are aware that a number of issues will come to the fore, such as space, additional teachers and teaching and learning resources so that the schools of this territory can be productive,” he said. “Madam Speaker, I would like to assure all that we have discussed these issues and measures have been and will be put in place to address them.”

He added that beginning with the fall 2014 term, incoming third form students will have to finish three more years of school instead of two. Students who are just entering the territory’s public high schools will have to complete six years instead of five.

The change, however, will not affect incoming fourth and fifth form students.

See the April 24, 2014 edition for full coverage.