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ERIC Number: EJ774833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
The Educational Community Running the School System: The Example of School Management Committees (COGES)
Yao, Gbo; Aka, Rene Goubo
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v36 n2 p185-204 Jun 2006
Since 2001 the school system in Cote d'Ivoire has evolved with the advent of the second Republic and the rise to power of the Ivorian Popular Front (Front Populaire Ivoirien, FPI). The Government has introduced reforms in the education system making use of past experience and extending its benefits. Most of the innovations implemented as part of this reform are aimed at combating poverty more effectively by establishing free, compulsory schooling. Thanks to the special effort on the part of the government, the education system has taken a leap forward in quantitative terms, compared with the time when the country first acquired its independence. Despite its achievements, the system is subject to certain external and internal constraints. The combined effect of these various constraints is to produce a number of shortcomings in the education system, such as insufficient enrollment capacity, an inadequate response by the school system to technological change, an almost exclusive concentration of the training system on modern sections (secondary and tertiary), and a continuing shortage of teachers. In order to overcome these shortcomings the government has undertaken reforms, including the introduction of management committees in public educational establishments, with a view to involving the whole of the educational community, including school parents, in the management of the school system. More than some form of experiment, the management committee system (COGES) constitutes a strategy for motivating and mobilizing the educational community around the local school. The main objective assigned to the COGES is the participative and transparent management of the school. Its specific objectives are to establish a spirit of partnership around the school, and to represent for the school what a board of directors represents for a private company. This article gives a detailed description of the action, the practice, the actors, and the environment of the COGES.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cote d'Ivoire