Government has ‘no plans’ to drop P1

“No plans” exist to axe the first year of primary school, a Government representative said last night.

The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education said that “there are no plans to remove P1 from the Bermuda Public School System”.

She was speaking in response to questions from The Royal Gazette after a media report last night. A news story by the Bermuda Broadcasting Company claimed that education officials were considering a “major shake-up” to the public school system.

The story said that “multiple sources” within the ministry had said that the Government was considering abolishing Primary 1, for pupils age 5, and “the possibility of replacing it with what’s being called a reception or foundation year after it was deemed that children in preschool were struggling to make the switch to primary school”.

The segment added that the sources claimed that the proposal was backed “by a number of teachers who feel a reception year after preschool would better adjust children to the structure and life of primary school”.

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Published Dec 4, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 4, 2019 at 7:59 am)

Government has ‘no plans’ to drop P1

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