Pre-school education (Early Childhood Education and Development—ECED) is not compulsory and caters to children aged 3-5.
Primary education is compulsory and includes kindergarten and grades 1-6. The official entry age is 5 years. At the end of grade 6, pupils sit for the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) to gain access to secondary school.
The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment has been developed by the Caribbean Examinations’ Council (CXC) in collaboration with the Ministries of Education throughout the region, and was introduced in place of the National Common Entrance Examination (CEE) for the first time in 2012, as a measure of the key skills required by students exiting the primary school system.
Secondary education consists of two cycles: the three-year lower cycle, or the second cycle of basic education, covering Forms 1-3 (or grades 7-9); and the two-year upper cycle (Forms 4 and 5). At the end of secondary education (general and technical), students sit Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) or the Cambridge General Certificate in Education (GCE), Ordinary-level examinations (O-level). The School Leaving Certificate Examination (SLCE) is administered to students aged 14+ unsuccessful at the CEE for grades 10 and 11, in order to give them an opportunity to access technical and vocational education training centres (two-year programs) or to provide them with a certification for a profession. The SLCE is opened to all candidates who have pursued the primary school course or its equivalent and have reached a standard equivalent to grade 8 in an all-age primary school.
The T.A. Marryshow Community College is the premier post-secondary, tertiary-level educational institution in Grenada. Established in 1988, it provides learning opportunities in a wide range of disciplines, including first-year university courses, associate degrees (two-year programs; three-year programs in the case of nursing and pharmacy) and GCE A-level courses. At the post-secondary level, CSEC and GCE Ordinary-level holders can enrol in programs leading to the GCE Advanced-level (two-year programs) or CXC/Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE); programs leading to the award of a certificate take one year to complete, while diplomas are awarded after successful completion of a two-year program. At the tertiary level, the St. George’s University offer programs through its schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, and arts and sciences; programs leading to a bachelor’s degree normally last four years. Opportunities also exist through the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre and/or local tutors providing: full-fledged certificates in education, public administration, business, education, etc. programs leading to a teacher training certificate last two years; a diploma in early childhood education takes three years to complete.