New date for historic graduation exercise

The inaugural National High School Diploma Commencement Exercise for the public high schools on Grand Bahama is set to be the country’s first. 


While a date has yet to be set for the all-inclusive graduation, at the official announcement, education authorities later announced a mid-June date; however, that date was changed to an earlier one.


The new date for the much-anticipated joint graduation exercise on Grand Bahama is Friday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. 


The event that is for St. Georges’ High School, Jack Hayward Senior High School and Eight Mile Rock High School seniors will take place in the Ballroom of the Grand Lucayan Resort.


Grand Bahama’s graduation exercise was originally scheduled for June 16, however, students received letters last week informing them of the change of date.


The National High School Diploma (NHSD) Program’s first class of graduates will be those from Grand Bahama due to this new date change, and they will lead the way as other islands follow.


In 2014 when Director of Education Lionel Sands spoke to the educators on Grand Bahama he explained the three-year program is intended for students in grades 10 through 12 and upon completion, students will receive a standardized national high school diploma, that would be accepted both nationally and internationally.


The Ministry of Education’s website details the new program, where students select core subjects and electives (or pathway courses) they believed will be well suited to their career goals.


Core subjects comprise English Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Civics/Life Skills, and Physical Education. Meanwhile, pathway courses include, but are not limited to, applied sciences, the arts, welding, marine science, electrical installation, hospitality and tourism studies and cosmetology.


The requirements meant students had to achieve the minimum criteria in the program: attain a minimum of four Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) Examinations (Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies and one Science); maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 through grades 10-12; complete a minimum of 28 credit hours over the three years, complete (16 core subject credit hours and 12 pathway course credit hours); complete 30 hours of unpaid community service and a minimum of 10 hours of job readiness training; and maintain 90 percent or high attendance and punctuality over the three years.


Students who fail to meet the academic requirements but satisfy community service, attendance, punctuality and conduct criteria will receive a certificate of attendance.


Those students who fail to fulfill all requirements for the NHSD but show some capabilities in specific academic courses will receive a certificate of accomplishment.


Published  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 


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