Supporting The Public Sector of Grenada
There are 12 years of compulsory education starting at the age of five. There are several private schools in Grenada offering tuition at primary, secondary and pre-school levels. Most private schools have waiting lists.
Tertiary education centres on the T A Marryshow Community College, which hosts an open campus of the regional University of the West Indies. The University of the West Indies has its main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. St George’s University – founded in 1977 – is an offshore American university specialising in medicine. The female–male ratio for gross enrolment in tertiary education is 1.40:1 (2009).
Public spending on health was four per cent of GDP in 2010. There are three state-owned hospitals: General Hospital (St George’s), Princess Alice Hospital (St Andrew’s) and Princess Royal Hospital (Carriacou). Government hospitals and clinics provide free medical and dental treatment. Infant mortality was ten per 1,000 live births in 2011. There is a small private hospital in the St Paul’s district of St George’s, which has a 24-hour emergency room and can arrange air ambulance evacuation.
There are 1,127 km of roads, 61 per cent paved. In the mountainous terrain, roads are often narrow and winding. Point Salines International Airport is 11 km south of St George’s in the south-west of Grenada and there is a small airport at Lauriston on Carriacou.
Ports: The port for the Grenadine island of Carriacou is at Hillsborough and ferry services run between Grenada and other islands. A new shipping depot on the Frequented Industrial Park just outside the capital, St George’s, is operated by the private sector. Geo F Huggins and Co (Grenada) Ltd runs the facility in conjunction with Tropical Shipping, a subsidiary of natural gas distributor Nicor.