Friday, 30 May 2008 3:31 PM

Workshop Discuss Way Forward for Schools

A workshop addressing development for all schools in Solomon Islands closed down today in Honiara.

Education Chief Secretary, Audrey Jima Rusa told Solomon Times that the two days workshop covered issues on accessibility, infrastructure, quality of teaching and learning, and management of schools.

She said that the workshop at Florence Young School is part of their rounds to all the schools to conduct similar talks with teachers, students and parents.

"We are hoping that the workshop will increase a sense of ownership towards school development and to encourage involvement of various local stakeholders towards the development of education in the country," Mrs. Rusa said.

Participants include teachers, students and community members where the schools are situated.

"Participants are made aware on the different roles on this joint responsibility to implement plans, and that is the national government in providing grants, provincial government for support and monitoring, schools who are going to be responsible to retire and report on spending of grants and the community will provide support in terms of labor, materials, time and money."

Mrs. Rusa said that the Ministry will review the outcome after every two years.

The workshop was attended by five teachers, ten primary school children from standard six, ten secondary school students and ten parents.