Our History

Continuing Forward

As we embark on the 2017-2018 school year under the theme: Understanding the Whole Picture: Imagining the Finished Results, we would like to take this opportunity to firstly welcome you to the limitless possibilities that this school year has in store for us. Secondly, we want to introduce you to the newest kids on the block, the Technology Division. As a new Division we are excited to partner with you and help to make your dreams come true. In order to be an effective Division within the Department of Education, several Units within the division must be established with oversight to specific areas that should provide efficient services and coordination in Education.

Careers at MoE

The Ministry of Education has a staff complement of over 4,000 teachers, professional, technical, administrative and support staff which constitutes approximately 25% of the total staff complement of the entire Public Service. This Ministry, therefore, arguably has the largest staff complement in the Public Service. Invariably, its size lends itself to numerous complexities and challenges. Key among them is those relating to the management of its Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS). The largest group of employees are in the Department of Education where human resource matters relating to teachers and their functioning in the public education system are predominantly addressed. Service delivery, however, in both the Ministry and the Department covers the entire spectrum of Human Resource Management.These areas include, but are not limited to: Employment Management Performance ManagementWork Organization Human and Social Relations ManagementProfessional Development Management; and Compensation ManagementThese Human Resource Management Systems collectively contribute to the efficiency, merit and structural capacity of the Ministry.Their application is intended to create a move effective, efficient and 'customer centric' Human Resource Management Division that is fully aligned and complementary to the strategic vision, mission and priority areas of the Ministry. In addition to yielding a manpower strategy that contributes to the holistic development, welfare and well-being of its employees. This focus not only serves to provide support to all of the schools, sections and units which fall within the purview of the Ministry and Department of Education but it also ensures that employees remain current with cutting edge Human Resource Management practices.The focus on the goals and objectives to enhance and improve the Ministry's and Department's effectiveness and efficiency from a Micro-perspective entails the following: Continuous and timely formulation of relevant programmes and policies regarding the welfare and well being of employees;Frequent and timely meetings with all relevant stakeholders;Formulating and implementing specific training programmes to empower staff and improve their performance and hence enhance their professional development;Consistent and timely monitoring of performance appraisal systems;Conducting Manpower Audits/Needs Assessments and organizational alignment to ensure the maximum use of resources in tandem with the Ministry's mandate;Ensuring the adequacy of Human Resource Development plans and forecasts and;Monitoring staff to maintain good morale and improve productivity as required. One of the primary thrusts of the Ministry's Human Resource Management Division is to improve the systems and processes presently employed in its day to day operations. Of necessity, the following will be required.facilitate personnel file review; update of employee data; identify outstanding human resource matters; identify gaps in human resource processes and procedures; and identify training needs for career development.

Historic Changes

HIGH LIGHTS OF 2012-2017 ​​ Establishing the following awards 2012 to honor three pioneers of the national BGCSE examination: Minister of Education, the late Honourable Paul L. Adderley Award for the best overall Performance in the BGCE examination Director of Education on consultant Marjorie Davis: The Majorie Davis Award for the BGCSE Best Overall Performance in Government Schools. Assistant Director of Education, Carol L Hanna: The Carol L. Hanna Award for the BGCSE Best Overall Performance in Independent Schools results now provide a more precise picture of candidates' capabilities. Revising the BJC Modern Languages syllabi, with the first sitting for Spanish and French 2017. Revising the BGCSE Biology Syllabus, with the first exam sitting being 2017. Beginning in 2015, following through with its initiative to establish high school students being required to have at least four BJC subjects to receive it. The 2015 BJC examination registration saw an overwhelming increase in the number increase in the number of candidates - from 8,998 in 2014 to 10,573 in 2015 and increase of 17.50%. For the Examination, we have an increase of approximately 9.4% over 2015.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department and Ministry of Education is to provide all persons in The Bahamas an opportunity to receive a quality education that will equip them with the necessary beliefs, knowledge, attitudes and skills required for life, both in a democratic society guided by Christian values and in an inter-dependent changing world.”

Our Mission and Vision

Vision

Our vision is for a Bahamian Education system that will foster academic excellence and equip students with multiple literacies that will enable them to make meaningful contributions as nation builders who are globally competitive.

Mission

The mission of the Department and Ministry of Education is to provide all persons in The Bahamas an opportunity to receive a quality education that will equip them with the necessary beliefs, knowledge, attitudes and skills required for life, both in a democratic society guided by Christian values and in an inter-dependent changing world.”

Our Goals

The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education (Moe) has responsibility for more than 50,000 K-12 students in approximately 170 educational institutions in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, which are dispersed over 14 districts in the major islands. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate from 50% to 80% by 2030. The MoE aims to create an educational system that is technologically sound and competitive and that develops the strengths of each child, whether academic or otherwise, towards the maximum contribution that he/she is able to make to the national development of The Bahamas.