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Turks And Caicos Islands

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department has taken to ensure the education of the children of Haitians who have received citizenship from the Turks and Caicos. [107283]

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has a policy of free compulsory education for all children aged 5 to 16 who legally reside in the Territory. As the criteria for school registration requires information on immigration status, some children were unable to register before the current school year. The Governor has asked for a re-examination of cases where children may have been precluded from attending school.