The Ellerslie Secondary school is the latest public secondary school to add a sixth form.
Principal of the Black Rock, St Michael learning institution Lieutenant Colonel Errol Brathwaite made the announcement Wednesday as he addressed the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA) 2017 essay competition presentation ceremony at the school.
He said the sixth form, which is scheduled to begin with 17 students, would focus on the area of business studies.
“It is a special day having the Minister of Finance as well as our friends from the Barbados Revenue Authority here because as we begin our sixth form our focus is going to be on business – the management of business, entrepreneurship and accounts. So we may very well be calling upon you [BRA Revenue Commissioner Margaret Sivers] for assistance in those areas to ensure that our students get the very best results that they can achieve,” said Brathwaite.
Congratulating Aliah Hazzard, the winner of the COTA essay competition, who is a product of the Ellerslie Secondary School and now taking part in that institution’s work and study programme, Brathwaite said he believed more of such competitions could help “take away some of the lawless behaviour that we have seen plaguing our society”.
“It is through these avenues that we provide meaningful activities for our young boys and girls to become involved,” he said, adding that such competitions were also important in helping young people to develop certain life-long skills.
Some of the latest schools to get a sixth form include the Foundation School, St Michael School, Springer Memorial School, the Alexandra School and St Leonard’s.
Last year education officials promised that Ellerslie Secondary School, Coleridge and Parry, Deighton Griffith Secondary School and the Alleyne School would be added to the list of schools to have a sixth form.