Education in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and as such is being supported by GPE alongside Dominica, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The OECS recognizes the importance of improving the quality of education as part of the solution to improving social and economic development in the region.

On average, OECS countries spend over 17% of the national budget on education and between 5-7% of GDP.

The OECS countries have made good progress in access to basic education which is expanded to universal levels with some countries implementing universal early childhood education, but some challenges remain with regard to access, equity, and quality.

The overarching goal of education outlined in the 2012-2021 OECS Education Sector Strategy (OESS) is to contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the OECS through a quality education system that enables learners of all ages to reach their true potential.

Blogs and news

Children and teacher raise their hands. Malawi Primary School. Credit: GPE/Tara O'Connell
January 10, 2019
As we start 2019, we share some of our New Year’s resolutions to ensure more children are in school and learning.
Two school girls look at the camera. St Vincent & the Grenadines. Credit: Martin Wippel
August 23, 2018
The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$450,150 for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to develop an education sector analysis and update the education sector...
Castries Seventh Day Adventist Primary School. Credit: Meng He
April 23, 2018
100 education professionals participated in the OECS Regional Teacher Education Conference organized by UNICEF, USAID and GPE in an effort to establish mechanisms for developing evidence-based...

Latest grant

Girls walking to school in St Lucia.

Development objective: use quality learning standards to support evidence based teaching and learning at the primary level; improve teacher practices at the primary level; strengthen primary school leadership and accountability and initiate the strengthening of sector monitoring and evaluation capacity in support of evidence-based strategic management and decision-making, all in the Member Countries.
Grant agent:IBRD

The main objectives of the US$2 million GPE grant are to:

  1. Use quality learning standards to support evidence-based teaching and learning at the primary level by:
    • Reviewing the harmonized curriculum to clarify grade-level learning standards for primary education in literacy, numeracy, science, and social studies.
    • Developing a learner-centered assessment framework to monitor the achievement of learning standards.
    • Developing and implementing guidelines for using the learning standards and formative classroom assessment.
  2. Improve teacher practices at the primary level by:
    • Reviewing the teacher training programs in member countries.
    • Reviewing classroom practices in member countries to understand current practices and identify capacity gaps.
    • Developing a teacher professional development course and school-based professional learning communities to improve classroom practices.
    • Carrying out competence-based professional development activities for teachers in the member countries.
    • Establishing an online community of practice for teachers to access online instructional resources and share lesson plans and experiences.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Program implementation 2016-2019 2,000,000 1,663,406 IBRD Progress report
Grant type* Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Sector plan development 2014 298,500 285,239 IBRD Progress report
Program development 2014 316,000 314,839 IBRD Progress report
  TOTAL 2,614,500 2,263,484    

*These grants were allocated to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to be shared among Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Saint Lucia. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the Grants section.


Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated May 15, 2019