The curriculum of The Codrington School is attracting the attention of the Ministry of Education.
This was revealed by Parliamentary Secretary in that ministry, Senator Harry Husband, after touring the St. John campus this afternoon with other education officials.
Husbands told Barbados Today that Codrington, which classifies itself as an international education institution, does not follow the syllabus of the Caribbean Examination Council, but instead offers its students the International Baccalaureate.
This, Husbands explained, was said to offer high school students planning to move on to international universities a better chance of access. Codrington prepares students at three levels, primary, middle and upper — and of about 3,000 institutions worldwide offering the International Baccalaureate, it is one of only 200 providing classes all three levels.
“This shows the diversity of the private school offerings in Barbados,” Husbands said, adding that the ministry and Government were particularly interested in the foreign exchange potential of this programme.
“The ministry is certainly not opposed to an approach that would support the expansion of this aspect of our education system.”
According to the official, who until the last general election had responsibility for immigration matters, there were persons from a number of places in the world interested in sending their children to Barbados to benefit from this type of education, and others who wanted to move to the island to live so their children could be enrolled in the school.
The Codrington School currently caters to 140 students from 28 countries with a staff of 22. It offers Wi-Fi access in all classrooms and throughout the campus and all classrooms utilise the latest in computer technology, the parliamentary secretary pointed out. (RRM)