NEW DRAFT EDUCATION BILL OUT SOON FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

Hon. Dr Derek Sikua, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development and MP for Northeast Guadalcanal. Photo credit: SIBC.

Hon. Dr Derek Sikua, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development and MP for Northeast Guadalcanal. Photo credit: SIBC.

A new draft Education Bill aimed at replacing the existing Education Act of 1978 will be circulated soon for further nationwide consultation.

The Government Communication Unit says, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development Dr. Derek Sikua announced this new bill last week at a two-day Tertiary Education Think Tank meeting in Honiara, saying this new Bill envisions a more desirable, coherent and linked education system.

It reports, Dr Sikua said the proposed Education Bill makes provision for managing and administering the education sector with wider community participation.

Dr Sikua says, the broader involvement of Education Authorities and community and schools in the governance and operations of schools is prominent and paramount.

The tertiary education sub-sector which was discussed by the Education Think Tank is covered by new provisions in the draft Education Bill, which were entirely absent from the existing Education Act 1978.

The new Education Act will support the 2013 Act that established the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) which has been the centre of attention as a provider of tertiary education in the country.

Dr Sikua said it is now time to ensure that we take a more integrated approach to how tertiary education is planned, funded, delivered and monitored in the Solomon Islands.

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