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ERIC Number: ED335531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development of the Oil Industry in Cameroon and Its Implications for Education and Training. IIEP Research Report No. 79.
Sanyal, Bikas C.; And Others
A study analyzed how the oil industry in Cameroon developed and influenced the expansion, structure, and content of Cameroon's formal and nonformal education and training system. A survey of 213 employees and 8 enterprises was supplemented by a review of government reports and official published and unpublished documents. The economy of Cameroon was examined, with special reference to technological policy, industrial development, and research and development (R&D) activities. The importance of oil was demonstrated in terms of its export earnings, contribution to revenue, and impact on employment. The industry's structure, activities, growth of production, and R&D work were also studied. The formal educational system was found to have had difficulties in producing enough scientific and technical graduates to satisfy the demands of industry. A widespread system of nonformal education in the various companies had been established, using a variety of modes of training in the country and abroad. Employers and employees indicated that job performance and professional training were the most important criteria for recruitment. From 1980-86, oil firms somewhat increased the formal educational qualification structure of their employees. Employees stressed that higher education could make a significant contribution toward government-education-industry cooperation. (A survey and list of 12 references is appended.) (YLB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Higher Education, Computer Services and Scientific Research, Yaounde, (Cameroon).; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Cameroon