Early Childhood Education

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Make more subsidies available for pre-school and primary school centres whether they are public or private. 

 

  • Create a more rigorous pre-school and primary school curriculum.

 

  • Expand student tracking and evaluation systems for children beginning at the pre-school level and use the results to track student performance from pre-school through the secondary level.  

 

  • Increase the depth of information offered at the primary school level and open our children up to more subjects from the Sciences, Social-Sciences, Civics and Philosophy.

 

  • Work towards making learning and appreciating a secondary language optional at the primary school level. 

 

  • Introduce a cultural and human sensitivity aspect to primary school education so our children can have a better understanding of the value of the world and the various people within it.

Secondary Education

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Change the curriculum to make it more Mathematics and English Literature intensive. This will help our children in understanding, comprehending and analysing critical situations across a broad range of material.

 

  • Increase the curriculum offering at the secondary level and offer a broader based course offering that includes Social Sciences, Humanities, English Literature and Civics, Law and Government courses. 

 

  • Make learning a secondary language mandatory from the entrance into Junior High school. 

 

  • Identify students with learning disabilities and place them accordingly within the public school system.

 

  • Enhance the testing and evaluation methods used in the Secondary school system to highlight all performers based on their merit, and assist in placing students where they can learn at their natural pace.

 

  • Evaluate and re-engineer national assessment tests, including BJCs and BGCSEs.

 

  • Implement a “One-Curriculum, One Exam” policy with regard to the BGCSE examination, where no student will take tiered examinations and all children will take the same examination at the end of the year.  

Tertiary Education

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Remove Value Added Tax from all fees and services at the University of The Bahamas.

 

  • Provide an optional health insurance package for all students at the University of The Bahamas who wish to pay in. 

 

  • Invest heavily in Professor training and provide subsidies for further certifications for Professors at the University of The Bahamas. 

 

  • Strengthen the tertiary level education network by creating a College Panel of Educators that will help shape College-level curriculum across the board in The Bahamas.

 

  • Develop a technical training corp. at The University of The Bahamas to better support the aspirations of our tech-savvy scholars.

 

  • Cut the rates of tuition for working students over 35 years of age that wish to further their education. 

 

  • Increase the monitoring of College accreditation with all tertiary-level centres in The Bahamas. 

 

  • Increase subsidies and scholarships for students enrolled in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and/or Engineering programmes at any tertiary centre in The Bahamas.

 

  • Make a substantial investment in the Hotel Training College and increase the oversight of the institution to include industry professionals from the Tourism Sector. 

 

  • Create a specialized institute for Global Finance, in conjunction with financial services industry professionals, a major University of note and other financial services education providers.

Teaching

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Continue the re-evaluation and revision of Teacher Education Programme.

 

  • Revise and implement the National Teacher Certification Programme.

 

  • Raise academic standards for entry into Teacher Training Programme.

 

  • Attract the most qualified candidates to the profession, particularly men.

 

  • Offer competitive pay in line with international standards and better in-service awards and incentive packages.

 

  • Improve the Teacher Cadet Programme to identify and attract gifted students.

 

  • Create mentorship programmes for newly inducted teachers.

 

  • Foster the development of learning communities where newly inducted teachers can exchange ideas.

 

  • Provide continued learning and regional & international exchange opportunities.

 

  • Attract high-level educational and professional conferences to The Bahamas.

 

  • Offer a greater financial commitment to professional development for persons in the education sector. 

Parent-Teacher-Community Cooperation

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Make it mandatory for schools, where challenges are detected, to define a plan of action to overcome problems, with checks, balances—and possible incentives, to ensure successful implementation of plans.

 

  • Establish performance standards and benchmarks for schools, as it relates to their operations and maintenance.

 

  • Institute a national management system to record, collage and provide transparent data on teacher-student and system performance.

 

  • Consistently train and retrain heads of educational institutions to effectively organize and manage their department and schools.

 

  • Increase involvement of Parent-Teacher Associations, Alumni Associations and Student Government Organizations.

 

  • Re-institute and enforce a Truancy programme. 

Youth

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Develop an online “super library” that will compile digital reading resources by Bahamian and international authors.

 

  • Change the way the Ministry of Education looks at training and education and undertake skills gap assessments at the Senior High and College levels for students looking for suitable careers.

 

  • Work towards making education free from the primary level to the tertiary level using revenue from the National Lottery.

 

  • Launch a yearly ‘National Youth Summit’ with representatives from youth-focused civic organizations as well as both public and private schools.

 

  • Make the voter registration and absentee ballot processes more efficient and accessible for Bahamians abroad.

 

  • Launch a full-scale initiative to bring Bahamians who have studied abroad back to their country of origin in an effort to reverse our national “brain drain”.

 

  • Ensure that Bahamian athletes who qualify for international tournaments have the full support of the Government to travel and compete.

 

  • Establish a regular maintenance schedule for our Sports facilities in order to keep our main facilities at world-class standards.

 

  • Add more training spaces around the island of New Providence to avoid the clustering of athletes training and competing at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

 

  • Invest in two state-run fitness centres which will be freely accessible to athletes training for international competition. These centres will be open to all sports clubs at a reduced rate per sporting-club, and also open to the public on a paid subscription basis.

 

  • Support international scouts at events held locally in The Bahamas by offering reduced travel rates and incentives.

Culture

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Invest $5 million dollars over the course of our first term into the development of industries within the scope of the ‘Orange Economy’, including the arts, media and design.

 

  • Work towards turning our end of year Junkanoo Festivals into a week-long cultural enterprise, starting on Boxing Day and ending on the 2nd of January.

 

  • Expand on our existing Junkanoo festivals.

 

  • Remove all government financial support given to promote Junkanoo Carnival and turn it into a private, self-funding event.

 

  • Devise and implement a National Culture Curriculum at the primary and secondary school levels.

 

  • Create a Music Hub in the likeness of the old Jumbey Village. 

 

  • Investigate the feasibility of establishing Schools of Creative, Visual and Performing Arts at the secondary and tertiary levels.

 

  • Encourage the promotion of Cultural Exhibitions, Historical Re-enactments, and Native Shows.

 

  • Support the production of Bahamian literary works of art, particularly young adult Bahamian literature.

 

  • Recreate Bay Street to expose tourists and locals to musical bands, groups, individuals as well as other artisans.

 

  • Initiate a Branding and Marketing exercise on the Family Islands, to showcase their unique cultures and historical identities, with the vision of selling the unique qualities of each island. 

 

  • Create Cultural Heritage Boards for and on each Family Island to increase the capacity of Cultural Centres and Heritage Sites around the country. 

 

  • Designate the downtown-Nassau area as a “Cultural Zone” and devise a master art plan to beautify the downtown area with Bahamian art, murals, designs and sculptures.

 

  • Move our Arts and Craft vendors into the digital space by creating an online platform for the marketing, sale and distribution of Bahamian artwork and items designated as authentically made Bahamian craft.

 

  • Construct various Broadway-styled theatre houses for the regular presentation and showcasing of theatrical productions, dances and symphonies.

 

  • Increase the financial awards given for publicly-held art and music competitions in publicand high schools.

 

  • Enforce Copyright laws to protect our artisans from theft and piracy.

 

  • Push for full recognition of Bahamian music for sale in all Hotels and Stores in major Resorts in The Bahamas.

 

  • Build better linkages between Agriculture and Culture and their respective ministries to better maintain Bahamian natural resources that go into the production of artwork.