ERIC Number: ED245342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Reviews of National Policies for Education: Portugal.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
A team of examiners from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reviews Portugal's education system in a three-part report. Part One begins with the consequences of the 1974 revolution, Portugal's economic problems, its impending attachment to the European Economic Community, and rising public expectations about education. It continues with criticism of the Ministry of Education, which is overstaffed and has duplicate functions. The examiners propose reduction of branches and suggest the establishment of a national education advisory council and closer relations with other government agencies. A high priority for the compulsory school-level education (four primary and two preparatory grades) is improvement of standards in rural areas. Accepting the future extension of compulsory schooling from 6 to 9 years, the examiners counsel step-by-step reform of the school structure and curriculum. Education of 16-to-19 year olds is a problematic issue since upper-secondary schools are not providing adequate vocational courses. The examiners feel a solution is for Portugal to adopt a comprehensive education and training policy for that age group implemented jointly by the Ministries of Education and Labor. Part Two of the report includes a record of the review meeting between the OECD examiners and the Minister of Education and his delegates and addresses five areas of concern. The third part is a summary of the Ministry of Education's Backgroud Report of the education system in Portugal. (MD)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Compulsory Education, Decentralization, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Preschool Education, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
OECD Publications and Information Center, Suite 1207, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20006-4582 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Portugal