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High demand for tertiary studies encourages corrupt practices for entry

Vasethe, Godfrey (2020) High demand for tertiary studies encourages corrupt practices for entry. In: It takes an Island and an Ocean. Institute of Education, The University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Tonga, pp. 163-171. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

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This study is about the increasing demand for tertiary studies in the Solomon Islands. With limited spaces available in our local institutions, parents are using bribes to get placements for their children. This is starting to get worse as more and more secondary schools are introducing year 12 and 13 to their schools, but our local tertiary institutions like the Solomon Islands National University are not expanding to cater for the growing numbers of secondary school leavers. Parents are competing for the limited spaces available at tertiary institutions for their children; therefore, they resort to bribes so that their children are selected. My participants are 30 parents who have been looking for spaces and I have carried out my research over the three past years from 2017 to 2019. Participants are a mixture of both male and females. I interviewed each one for approximately five minutes. The interviews were transcribed and findings are based on the analysis of the transcriptions. The key findings reveal that parents mostly use money and other valuables in trying to lure the officers of the university to issue them offer letters of placement. Parents also use their relatives working in the university to help them secure spaces for their children. This might sound like corrupt practice, but it indicates the high demand for tertiary education in the Solomon Islands. Parents are desperate for their children to enter tertiary education; therefore, they will try every possible way for their children to reach tertiary education level.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Institute of Education
Depositing User: Afuafu Kautoke
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 23:16
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 23:16

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