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Secondary School Curriculum Issues and Challenge in Small Island States: the case of Solomon Islands

Fitoo, Billy (2019) Secondary School Curriculum Issues and Challenge in Small Island States: the case of Solomon Islands. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 33 (1). pp. 19-33. ISSN 1011-5846

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This article analyses the issues and challenges faced by the curriculum offered in the Secondary Education system in the Solomon Islands. It focuses on the argument from Pacific islands academics and educationists who claimed that the curriculum offered in small Pacific island countries are irrelevant and non-contextual. The curriculum, it is assumed, does not equip pupils with appropriate skills, values, and attitudes to enable them to contribute effectively to their nation or to the productivity and stability of their communities. This qualitative study, through interviews, has supported the argument by affirming that what was offered in the curriculum of Solomon Islands was un-contextual and irrelevant compared to current needs of the Solomon Islands society. These include the out of date curriculum, the irrelevances of the exam-oriented system, limited human and material resources and passive curriculum pedagogies. The study suggests possible review to the curriculum to include attention to the issues of social, economic, political, physical and environment needs, teachers’ welfare, review of the examination system and the promotion of hands on activities for curriculum teaching and learning delivery.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 23:57
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 23:57

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