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The Bahamas In Transition # 12
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The Bahamas In Transition # 12

Education In The Bahamas

For the first few years everything appeared quite rosy and nice, but there were issues that people were not happy about, with regards to education. The Government High School was a prestigious public school built during the United Bahamian Party administration to educate the brightest of the blacks and poor whites. Most of the leaders of the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement attended this school.

So when the Progressive Liberal Party converted it to a secondary school, many people were angry, because it contributed to producing very good students, and was affordable, and now others could not benefit from this opportunity. The white students of the upper class were fine, they had the money and could attended St. Ann's and Queens College.

Education for many years became very important, and still is to Bahamian parents , sending their children to private schools and university for higher learning was a must, the mortgaging of homes were a common practice, even though those parents were struggling to make ends meet. When you look back at that period, their gamble was during a period when the economy was stable and none lost their homes, but some have in recent times.

In the 1977 general election , the Progressive Liberal Party won 30 seats, Free National Movement 2 seats, Bahamas Democratic Party 6 and the Vanguard Socialist o seat.

Vanguard Socialist Party

In 1971, a group of Progressive Liberal Youth organization supporters, formed the Vanguard Socialist Party, its leader was Prof. John Mc Cartney. Its organization was model after the communist party of Russia, and had direct contact with Cuba. Their problem was they couldn't get a foot hold in the Bahamas. They started to late.

If they were around when Randol Fawkes was fighting against racism and equality for all, the outcome or their ability to influence the political agenda of this country may have been different

But despite their inability to win at the polls, most of the leaders of that party children and family went to Cuba to get their university education. And many other students followed. Today, the Government of the Bahamas have fostered agreements which allowed many students to travel to Cuba for higher levels of education and have also hired many Cuban Teachers , to teach our students spanish.

A few years ago this type of agreement would have been unthinkable. The Vanguard Socialist Party may have not won a seat at the polls, but their influence and connection played some part in these agreements. Both countries have benefited from each other goodwill.


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