Education in the Falkland Islands

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Education in the Falkland Islands is free and compulsory up to the end of the academic year when a child reaches 16 years of age. The Falklands follows the English education system.

Primary and secondary education[edit]

There are two schools in Stanley, the capital and only substantial settlement. The Infant and Junior School teaches ages 4 to 11 and the Falkland Islands Community School caters for ages 11 to 16. Other rural pupils are taught by travelling teachers. Older children can board in a hostel in Stanley so they can attend school there.[1]

All teachers are trained in the UK or other English-speaking countries. There is also a primary school at RAF Mount Pleasant that mainly serves the children of members of the British armed forces.[2] Some primary aged children who live in "camp" (the local term for the countryside) are educated remotely.

Post-16 education[edit]

Peter Symonds College in Winchester, England provides sixth form college to Falkland Islanders

There are no post-secondary institutions on the Falklands, and therefore post-secondary studies would require travel to the UK or beyond. The Falkland Islands Government pays for qualified 16- to 18-year-olds to go to England to take A-level courses at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, England or to attend Chichester College to acquire National Diplomas or NVQs.[1] The FIG pays for each student to board at Peter Symonds if he/she/they achieve at least five "C" grades in GCSEs. Therefore in 2005 principal Neil Hopkins described the college as "the official sixth-form college for the Falkland Islands".[3]

The government also funds higher and further education courses for over-18s, also usually in the UK, for suitably qualified students.

Almost all return to the Falkland Islands after they have completed their education and gained experience in their chosen field[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Education". Falkland Islands Government. Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  2. ^ "Information Sheet 1c Location Overview" (PDF). Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom. February 2008.
  3. ^ Kingston, Peter (2005-11-21). "'It feels like being punished'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  4. ^ "Relationship with Argentina | Falkland Islands Government". www.falklands.gov.fk. Retrieved 2017-03-10.

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