Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Top Achievers in 2020 National Exams Receive Awards

Top achievers from public and private institutions throughout the country who excelled in the 2020 national Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations were celebrated at the National Awards Presentations hosted by the Examination & Assessment Division of the Ministry of Education.

Stephanardo Rolle accepts his award for Best Overall BJC Performance by a male
in Government Schools from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.




Kerrine Simeon is the recipient of the Best Overall BJC Performance in Government Schools’ award. She receives her award from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.




Cherkadin Wells is the recipient of the Most Outstanding BJC performance award, Best Overall BJC Performance in Independent Schools and BJC Best by Island (New Providence) award. Minister Jeffrey Lloyd presents him with his awards.



Chardonnay Garrick, a student of the University of The Bahamas, received the Marjorie Davis Award for Best Overall BGCSE Performance in Government Schools. She is pictured centre with the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education and Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.

Kamori Sawyer accepts awards from the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education. She is the recipient of the Paul Adderley Award for Most Outstanding BGCSE Performance, the Carol Hanna Award for Best Overall BGCSE Performance in Independent Schools and BGCSE Best by Island (New Providence).



BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham

Some Students Return to School for the First Time Since March

Nearly 300 students returned to the Eva Hilton Primary School, on Tuesday, for the first day of ‘in-person learning’ using the hybrid method.

Principal Jermaine Butler said, “For the first day we were able to get through quite smoothly. The kids have been prepped at home and in sessions, and they know what the expectations should be.”

Why it matters

February 23rd marked the first day since students returned for in-person classes at public schools in New Providence, Exuma, Eleuthera, and Abaco,  since its closure on March 16th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public schools are using a blended system which means a group of kids comes in Monday/Wednesday, the other group comes in Tuesday/Thursday.


Registers are checked at the gate. If the child is on the register, the child’s temperature is taken, the child is sanitized and then ushered to particular rooms to receive instruction.

Hand sanitation stations, including automatic and soap dispensers at strategic locations, desks spread out to maximize space between students, signage, markings on the ground with instructions, plexiglass barriers at teacher’s desks, are some of the precautionary measures in place.

Friday will be used to assist students who may have had problems with technology and were not able to get on the platforms. Principal Butler said they are trying to get them back in gear and fill in the gaps.

Featured Images BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna

Technical Issues Took Down MOE Online Portal

In what has become a disappointing first day of school, technical difficulties befell the start of the 2020 school year.

Students and teachers were unable to access the Ministry of Education’s online learning portal.

For about six hours users were greeted with “undergoing maintenance…we’re doing some work on the site and will be back shortly.”

The cause?

Officials of the Ministry of Education issued a statement late Tuesday evening saying the department of education experienced “some technical issues,” preventing access to the Learning Management System.

When will the situation be fixed?

The ministry said One on One and Amazon Web Services, the companies responsible for hosting the platform are working to fix the technical issues, and said it is hoped the challenges are addressed quickly.

What did the Teachers Union President say?

Belinda Wilson said teachers were not notified by the ministry of the technical challenges.

She advised teachers that if the issue persists on Wednesday, they should log on to the system, take a photo of the web page, sign-in at the school’s register and sign out at 12noon.

It is hoped that the online portal will be running by 9 am on Wednesday. If not, schools may choose to continue with the Zoom platform.