The Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin, announced the formation of a commission to review the national high school diploma this past July. The body is now in the consultative stage hosting a series of meetings in Grand Bahama. The first meeting took place at the Eight Mile Rock High School Gym.
Since the inception of the diploma program there have been complaints about the criteria involved for students to successfully obtain a diploma.
Some of the persons in attendance voiced their concerns which included teacher shortage in technical and vocational studies, credit recovery and the standard required which does not account for the varying learning abilities of students.
To graduate with a Bahamas High School Diploma a student must have four BJCs, 2.0 GPA, 30 hours of community service, 90% or greater attendance and punctuality, 20 hour of job readiness training and three parent teacher conferences.