Middle Secondary (14-16, equivalent to S1 and S2) and Upper Secondary (16-19).2017. Education commissioner Freddie Evans last night described himself as dumbfounded after being dismissed from the post.The shock move came less than seven months after Dr Evans was appointed to the top job.
Education in Bermuda is compulsory for all children from 5 to 16.
It is free for parents of students at Government schools, namely primary schools, middle schools, senior schools and special schools - all day schools - comprising preschools, junior, special and secondary schools - administered by Bermuda's Ministry of Education.
Dr Evans said he was stunned that any talk of dismissal, termination or reassignment is happening when I have not heard anything from his Excellency the Governor, or Government House.
I only want what is best for the students of Bermuda public schools, Dr Evans said.
Programmes of professional development, salaries and conditions of service for teachers and principals have been continually improved.
Negotiations on these terms of employment take place every two years and their outcome is confirmed in published agreements with the Government.
The system at secondary level consists of a fewer number of schools, is selective and is divided between academic and general schools.
Principals of the secondary schools select pupils on the basis of performance in an examination taken at the end of the primary school stage and of parental preference.
The educational system here is completely independent of the systems of any foreign country such as the United Kingdom, USA or Canada or beyond. In 1964, it combined with the Teachers Association of Bermuda (see book The Teachers Association of Bermuda (1949 to 1964).
Unlike in far larger countries with significant multi-cultural populations and cultural and educational facilities and laws and faculties to match, no laws or facilities of any kind exist (because there is no or insufficient demand for them) in Bermuda for non-English-speaking children to be taught while at school in any language other than English. Any accredited and qualified teacher at any private school in Bermuda can also become a member of BUT if they wish.
Newcomers working in Bermuda from countries where English is not the official language with a young child or children should note that all schools in Bermuda are taught in English only. It has a representative on the Labor Advisory Council and Public Service Superannuation Board, both Bermuda Government Boards.