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Examining the quality of practical learning in secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum in Solomon Islands

Maebuta, Jack and Dorovolomo, Jeremy and Phan, Huy P. (2010) Examining the quality of practical learning in secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum in Solomon Islands. The International Journal of Learning, 17 (5). pp. 11-24. ISSN 1447-9494

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Abstract

The Government of Solomon Islands is committed to the achievement of ‘Education For All’ through its various education reform programmes. Central to the Government’s education sector reform is the provision of quality education, which is an important tool to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the education sector goals of universal completion of basic education in primary and secondary education by 2015. To achieve these goals, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development has listed technical and vocational education as one of the three key areas in its Education Strategic Framework. The Framework stresses that in order for Solomon Islands to achieve the ‘Education For All’ goal, it should improve the quality of learning to enhance student achievement in all areas and forms of education. It is against this policy framework that this article sets to examine the quality of practical learning in the secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum. The focus question that guides the discussion is: “how is Solomon Islands resourcing and promoting quality practical learning in its secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum?” The article concludes that the delivery of quality practical learning in the secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum is hampered by a number of factors, important amongst them being the shortage of suitable qualified teachers, the dominance of academic education and lack of learning resources, tools and equipment. As the deadline for the achievement of the ‘Educationa For All’ is drawing near, it is critically important for the Government to put in place a policy intervention to address the key impediments to quality practical learning in the secondary school technical and vocational education curriculum.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Office of the DVC (ARC) > Lautoka Campus
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 15:21
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 10:28
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/1928
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