Sunday, November 29, 2009

About Certificates and jobs

Psychologists generally conceive of learning as a relatively permanent change in behaviour. This behaviour includes both observable activity and internal processes such as thinking, attitudes and emotions.

Employers, on the other hand, base their selection decisions on candidates’ knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Creole at school: the latest fad?

Adapted version of an article first published in L'Express on 09/03/2004

A great deal has been said about the use and teaching of Creole in Mauritian schools. [...]

What is worrying with the current debate on Creole is that it is being presented as THE solution to our main educational problem – the high rate of failure. Creole, according to some, is the panacea for all our problems. The fact is that the use of Creole in schools is not forbidden and many teachers already use it while teaching.

It is probably high time we stopped mixing politics, communalism and emotions with education for the good of all concerned.

A case for a decentralised school management model

First published in L'Express on 25/09/2007

There is unquestionable unanimity about education as a potential tool for social mobility. There is also general agreement that a dysfunctional system can also be a strong agent of social divide and exclusion.

What is lacking is a minimum consensus on what needs to be done to ensure that objectives are achieved.

Successful public – private partnership

First published in L'Express on 11/07/2006


Soon after the government formulated its vision of transforming the country into a cyber island with three main dimensions, various teams emerged to realize this vision. One such team, the Implementation Working Group (IWG) emanated from the e-education taskforce headed by the Minister of Education (MOE). The IWG consists of ministry representatives (education, training, IT, etc), educational institutions (including the University of Mauritius) as well as private sector organizations.

Education for the gifted or for the elite?

First published in L'Express on 15/03/2005

Experts generally agree that there is in every population a small percentage of gifted children (des surdoués) and that they deserve special treatment in terms of educational challenges if their talents are not to go waste or be misdirected. It is sometimes noted that gifted children who are not sufficiently challenged simply get bored and stop paying attention or else simply misbehave.