By Jee-Peng Tan, Fredriksen Birger
'An African Exploration of the East Asian schooling event' takes inventory of schooling improvement in East Asia during the last 5 many years, providing case reports on 4 East Asian international locations (Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and one ecu kingdom (Ireland) and touching on them to the tutorial demanding situations confronted by means of African international locations this present day. The neighborhood, comparative standpoint advantages from the insights won in the course of a 2006 learn travel of Singapore and Vietnam for senior schooling officers from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, and Mozambique. The booklet is on of a couple of concurrently-published books offering fabrics initially constructed for the tour.
The moment e-book, 'Toward a greater Future', offers a accomplished research of schooling improvement in Singapore given that 1965, giving specific consciousness to the strategic administration that has enabled Singapore to remodel its schooling and coaching process from one just like that of many Sub-Saharan Africa international locations 4 a long time in the past into one of many world's best-performing systems.
Together, the 2 books goal to foster wisdom alternate among Sub-Saharan African and East Asian nations on reliable practices within the layout and implementation of schooling guidelines and courses. by way of facilitating the cross-country fertilization of principles among areas with particularly restricted touch some time past, those books fill a transparent hole within the present literature on improvement perform in schooling.
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Strategic planning, a strong political will, and stable government are key factors in charting the success of Singapore” (2008, 39). As underlined elsewhere in this chapter, strong political will manifests itself in many ways: (a) in the governments’ overall policies, including the volume of resources devoted to the education sector; (b) willingness to implement politically sensitive education reforms; (c) concerted and sustained effort to build consensus 12 • An African Exploration of the East Asian Education Experience and support for these reforms beyond the education sector; and (d) attention to ensuring that the education system responds explicitly and demonstrably to the country’s national development agenda.
The priority given to ensuring that education programs respond to labor market needs is strongly underlined in the chapters on Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. As discussed further below, this priority manifested itself particularly in the attention paid to ensuring consistency between education policies and wider national development goals, and in the priority accorded to TVET. ADOPTING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH East Asian countries deal with education in an integrated manner, thus avoiding the error of treating subsectors as separate, special-interest silos with tangential links to the rest of society.
This attitude of seeking progressive and continuous improvement is applied to the whole system, not just basic education. In other words, while emphasizing basic education as a first priority, Asian countries simultaneously grow and reform the rest of the system and expect these other parts to perform to ever higher standards as well. For the latter, indicators of results include the employment status of graduates, employer satisfaction with their job performance, and the graduates’ aggregate contribution to moving the economy up the technological and economic value chain.