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Governance of Primary Education in Pacific Island countries

Nanau, Gordon and Naidu, Vijay (2019) Governance of Primary Education in Pacific Island countries. In: Educating the People: Governance of Primary Education in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands, 2000-2013. USP Press, Suva, Fiji, pp. 1-34. ISBN 978-982-01-0991-9

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Under the Global Development Network’s Project (GDN) Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery, and the then University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Governance and Public Sector Management cluster’s project, a USP research team was given the opportunity to do the research in the Pacific. The study of primary education governance and delivery in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) was carried out through a case study approach with insights from disciplines like education administration, politics, sociology, and development studies. At the outset, a number of central research questions were formulated. These were, first, what were the primary education policies in PICs? Were there broad policy frameworks for PICs? More importantly, what did statistics show in the actual implementation of these education policies? Second, who were the primary education stakeholders? What were the experiences of teachers teaching in the respective PICs? Third, how were education budgets and funds accounted for? Empirical evidence from fieldwork and statistics from official reports were gathered to answer these questions. Each of the countries studied had its own governance story to tell although an attempt is made in this report to pull similar experiences and threads together. This is an attempt to reveal a general story of primary education delivery and governance in PICs, based on the evidence from the four case study countries. More specific and detailed examination of the respective education experiences are undertaken in particular country chapters.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Gordon Nanau
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 23:19
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 23:19

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