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Official Country Name: Virgin Islands (British)
Region: Puerto Rico & Lesser Antilles
Population: 19,615
Language(s): English
Literacy Rate: 97.8%

The territory of the British Virgin Islands (GBVI or BVI), an archipelago comprising 36 islands, lies east of Puerto Rico and immediately northwest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), its culturally dominant neighbor. Under British rule from the seventeenth century onward, the BVI has been a crown colony with a ministerial government since 1960. In 1990 its mainly black population was about 18,000 people, one-sixth that of the USVI.

Nominally, BVI schools still follow British models, with uneven results. Proposed reforms in 2001 aimed at improvements that would stress business and vocationaltechnical studies geared to the tourist economy. Development of native resources through better education is officially a priority in the territory in the new millennium.

Education is compulsory and free, and 97 percent of children stay in school through age sixteen. Instruction is in English—a British variety with the regional inflection. The published literacy rate is 98 percent, but in 1991, for example, more than 70 percent of all high school graduates in the BVI were immigrants, not natives.

In 1991, some 15 private (but no public) preprimary facilities enrolled 635 children. In 1998, some 16 public and 5 private primary schools enrolled nearly 3000 students aged five through twelve, with most students attending the free, public facilities. Seventy percent of the primary teachers had formal training, an improved record aided partly by a Hull University in-service program. (In 1988, when one in three primary students failed to pass the terminal Primary V assessment examination, just 35 percent of the teachers had training. Success rates on the test have remained disappointing, and some students persist at the primary level until age fifteen.) Expenditures per student for education in 1997 was $3584, almost tripled since 1985. A five-year program of reform was under way in 2001.

Of the three BVI high schools, one enrolls 80 percent of all students; among 85 BVI high school teachers in 1990, 80 percent had formal training. Form I of secondary school is unofficially "streamed." Examinations in Form II officially track students, beginning at age thirteen, into divergent academic and non-academic curricula, with some of the latter programs occurring off-campus. At the end of Form V, students can take the CXC proficiency test. Of the 180 BVI high school graduates in 1997, about 72 sat for the CXC; only two passed all subjects. Most students, upon completion of the CXC, received the basic (and not the general) proficiency diploma. Because achievements of BVI students are roughly on par with their Caribbean neighbors, studies in 2001 have questioned the testing system itself and the prevalent methods of teacher training and classroom delivery and have proposed remediation and intervention methods to improve student achievement.

With the founding of H. L. Stoutt Community College, the BVI inaugurated a modest tertiary education program in 1991. From 1994 to 1997, the college awarded 158 associate degrees and training certificates. The University of the Virgin Islands (in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is contiguous) offers the nearest senior-college options.


The British Virgin Islands Government, 18 January 2001. Available from

Development Planning Unit of the British Virgin Islands, 10 February 2001. Available from

Peterson's Register of Higher Education, 1995: The Sourcebook for Higher Education, 8th ed. Princeton, NJ: Peterson's, 1995.

—Roy Neil Graves

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almost 3 years ago

To: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
From: Sharon Crawford

I grew up there, between the age 11 Years old until the age 18 Years old, when I came to Brookly N.Y and work at Get Set Pre-School. I just to thank you very much for making a Guyanese feel Welcome living on your island of Tortola, especially attending the British Virgin Islands High School, from 1992 Until 1997. Before that I attended Saint Georges Primary School, on that same Island. From 1990 Until 1992. I was mostly Jet Black in High School,
I am 99.9 Percent Black, Sharon Crawford is my Name. There said I won all actulates when it came to Looks and also Education Level, I am Sharon Crawford Dum Lude Girl, who came off the rope, I guess I was Hang, Living at 2318, 9 ave 24 Street, here in Tampa Florida. On the 29 of October, all knew is that I Kick and Juck my foot on my bed around 10 P.m. and It took supernatural Power to get up, either I live or let die. Social Security Income I realize came on the Friday, so I walk down to Universal Mall here in Tampa Florida. The first of the month feel on the Sunday with my Debit Card on me.
So Tortolian Boys and men thank you very much for making me feel special living on your lsland, you made me feel especially wonderful and great, living there and because of that you are the Apple of my eyes in terms of Boys and Men to ever exits in this World. I am the Famous Sharon Crawford, So thank you very much for accepting my privilege for making you the Apple of my eyes of Men and Boys to ever exits. And you see First Place in Heaven and my Country Guyana See Second place in Heaven, and the Country of Israel you see Third place in Heaven, because God is Still the God of Israel. Exceptional Countries in Heaven is Africa and Antigua, and America you came in Fourth Place in Heave, French Guiana Fifth Place, Barbados twelft place in Heaven and the twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobadgo you see nineteen place in Heaven. The list is out there. From me Sharon Crawford.
Thank you again Tortola again for Loving a Guyanese and I will be back there at the age of 65 to live there Permanently, I am 37 Years old now. I am U. S Citizen Since the age of 28 Years old, 7 out of 7 Questions right for the Citizenship Test in the Long Island office in New York City, Sworn in in Brooklyn New York Court House, in New York City, in February 20, 2007, So I am Entitle to live there if I choose. Have a Great Day my Island of Tortola, BVI. And Thank you very much for a Great Teenage Life. I enjoy it, I guess the Song that Girl is Poison Describe my Teenage life.
I will see you around.
Sharon Crawford.

Love you very much Tortolian Girls.