The inmates’ educational needs are done through baselining tools, such as: Barbados Adult Literacy Assessment (BALA) and English and Mathematics tests. Inmates are then allocated to the educational services to suit their needs. Educational Services are available in Prison and are provided in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), who administer the following Caribbean Secondary Education Competency (CSEC), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competency (CCSLC), Second Chance CXC Education Programme, and Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
These programmes are delivered in the various formats:
- Remedial – Literacy and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels.
The Educational Programmes are adapted to take into consideration the literacy level of the prisoners’ population and the complex nature of prison life.
Courses and programmes can be broadly categorised as follows:
- Basic Computer Education: provide foundational skills to work with a computer
- Vocational Education: Instructing inmates on construction, music, and amenity agriculture.
- Remedial Education: ability read and write; thus, moving the inmate to the next level: Basic.
- Basic Education – including literacy, numeracy, English as a second language and communications; thus, moving the inmate to the next level: CCSLC.
- CCSLC Education: Inmate above the basic but not up to CSEC Level; thus, moving the inmate to the next level CSEC.
- CESC Education – inmates who are prepare and ready for secondary level examination; thus, moving the inmate to the next level: CAPE.
- General Subjects – English Language (A); Mathematics; Principle of Business; Principles of Accounts; Social Studies and Office Administration.