ERIC Number: ED373401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Decentralising the Education System. Quality in Basic Education: Teacher Management Discussion Paper.
In recent years, a clear trend toward the decentralization of education has emerged in both developing and more developed countries. This paper examines issues in decentralization and identifies common factors for the transfer of power within the educational system. The paper identifies advantages and disadvantages of decentralization, identifies prerequisites of effective decentralization, presents guidelines for planning a scheme of delegation, and offers suggestions for developing a policy framework. Ways to formulate clear policy guidelines are illustrated through the use of the following examples: designating responsibility for school-level policymaking. establishing national standards, and creating local financial management. Decentralization is most easily seen at individual school levels in which clear policy statements, improved school management, and a well-defined local delegation of powers operate within a prescribed framework. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).
Note: Paper presented at the Teacher Management Workshop of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education and Culture (Kadoma, Zimbabwe, April 28-May 3, 1991).