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ERIC Number: ED265263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Kiribati: The Search for Educational Direction in a Pacific Context.
Hindson, Colin
An overview of the development of educational policy in Kiribati, a Pacific island nation, is presented in this paper. The decade of the 1970s was a period of tension between educators, economists, planners, parents, and politicians. These sectors interacted in shaping educational policy regarding government's financial responsibility for primary education, the number of required years of school attendance, curriculum and other issues. This debate reflected a growing public demand for universal education (at least through 6 years of primary school) and for a curriculum that prepared students for island life. In contrast, the government felt that there was no need, in economic and manpower terms, to provide better schools, and that universal primary education could only be achieved at great cost to the community. Over time, policies began to change gradually. The government's financial investment in schools increased, although many primary schools continued to charge fees. By mid-decade, consensus was reached on a policy that recognized the increased demand for secondary education and the need for a curriculum relevant to those students not continuing their schooling. The Community High Schools project was a pilot program undertaken in 1977 to experiment with a way of meeting the demand for "life preparation" courses for students not intending to pursue academics. The history of this scheme demonstrates the attempts made to reconcile in public education policy the tensions and pressures that existed among various sectors. Resolution of the tensions inherent in educational change were achieved, not through reports, reviews, and commissions, but through adaptation and consensus. The paper concludes by examining directions in educational policies in the 1980s. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kiribati