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7/18/2009 10:15 EST

after living in tampa for the last 5 1/2 years, we are considering moving to Belize later this year,I would be grateful of information re schools , for a 9yr old, 12yr old, 15yr old and 17 yr old, what is the education like and any good schools,

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8/19/2009 12:04 EST

Are you still interested in finding out about schools in Belize?

Because there is soooo much to explain about the schools that it would be easier if you ask specific questions.

For instance most primary schools in Belize are modeled after the British system and are church run... unlike the states your child WILL be exposed to the religion of the particular school... so you have muslim run schools, Catholic run schools, Jesuit run schools, Baptist etc.... The Catholic Public schools tend to be regarded as some of the best schools in the country. However, there are a few private, elitist schools that model the American system here as well, but they are more expensive.

Primary school goes up to age 12-13 and the child then spends 4 years in highschool where they do a Caribbean examination called CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) before they can graduate to move on to our Junior Colleges or our University. The Junior Colleges in Belize are 2 year programs where the students graduate with an associates degree in their area of study. The junior colleges are generally very good.
The country has one main university - UB, The Unviersity of Belize, which unfortunately is still working on accreditation so their degree will be recognized aboard. So most young people venture aboard unfortunately to pursue higher degrees... in Cuba, The US, Canada, Taiwan, England etc.

I teach at one of the Junior Colleges in Belize City and I've taught and the primary level as well. so if you need more specifics, I'll see how I can help you.

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