The Ministry of Education works to improve the labour markets and education systems here in Cayman. Within this Ministry, there exists the Department of Education Services (DES). It is the operational arm of the Cayman Islands Government education service. While the Ministry of Education provides the strategic and policy direction for government schools, DES provides the resources and support to schools to implement the various policies and procedures.
The DES, which is led by the Chief Education Officer, consists of the following units:
In an effort to ensure that Caymanians have the opportunity to fulfil their educational and career goals, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Land (MEYSAL), through the Education Council and administered by the Scholarship Secretariat, offers scholarships and grants to all Caymanian students who qualify to pursue either a local or an overseas tertiary education course. Students can apply for an overseas scholarship between November 15th and January 31st annually, and a local scholarship between March 1st and April 30th. No late applications are accepted. Students need to apply to a university prior to their scholarship application, but they do not have to have received an acceptance letter prior to applying. The qualifying criteria for a scholarship varies depending on whether you are aiming to take a Technical and Vocational course, a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s or a PhD. The minimum age at which you can qualify for an overseas scholarship is 17, but the expectation is that you will turn 18 during that academic year. There is no upper age limit on applying for a scholarship.
The Ministry of Education sponsors extended after-school programmes for public primary and high schools in every district. The programmes are free, operate from 3pm to 6pm and include a rotating range of activities such as basketball, football, cricket, homework clubs, swimming, automotive workshops, archery and track and field. Transportation is provided from the school to the activity and back again.Highlights
Important services provided to the public include:
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