The Ministry is multifariously challenged with the tasks of providing quality educational initiatives to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
To provide all persons in The Bahamas an opportunity to receive an education that will equip them with the necessary knowledge, skills, beliefs and attitudes required for work and life in a democratic society, guided by christian values.
To ensure that all persons in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in order to function responsibly and productively in an increasingly dynamic, technological and complex society.
STATUTORY COUNCILS, BOARDS & COMMITTEES
In 1996, the Education Act provided for the establishment of School Boards. They are responsible for the general administration of schools and for relations between the Minister, the School Board and the Principal as set forth in Part II of the First Schedule of the Education Act. The National Advisory Council on Education was established for the purpose of making available to the Minister advice on educational matters from the general public and from educational bodies and institutions outside the statutory educational system. The National Advisory Council consists of eleven members appointed by the Minister. The Education Committee was established under the Education Guarantee Fund Act 2001 to provide for the guarantee by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas of Education Loans by Financial Institutions. The functions of the Committee are to act in accordance with the Education Policy to advise the Minister on guarantee loans; issue, modify and revoke guaranteed loans; formulate and implement standards; and regulate, allocate and manage the use of resources available for Higher Ed. education. The Council of the College of The Bahamas was established in 1974 by an Act of Parliament. The Council acts like a Board of Directors, directing the policy of the college. It comprises a Chairman and nine members appointed by the Minister of Education, Science & Technology. The Chairman advises and reports to the Minister of Education, Science & Technology. The Apprenticeship Board, a Statutory Board, is governed by the provisions of the Apprenticeship Act of 1967 and consists of a Chairman, and seven members appointed by the Minister of Education, Science & Technology.