Striving for educational equity and ‘world-class quality’ schools in Mauritius in global times

Starr, Karen and Ah-Teck, Jean Claude 2013, Striving for educational equity and ‘world-class quality’ schools in Mauritius in global times, Global studies journal, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-16.


Title Striving for educational equity and ‘world-class quality’ schools in Mauritius in global times
Author(s) Starr, Karen
Ah-Teck, Jean Claude
Journal name Global studies journal
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1835-4432
Keyword(s) Globalisation
Mauritian education
Quality education
Educational equity
Educational leadership
Summary Concerns that the education system in Mauritius has not been adequately preparing students for work and life, and unsatisfactory academic achievement in schools, have fuelled the government’s drive to improve the quality of schools. These concerns exist within education structures that systematically segregate students into ‘star’ schools and less desirable schools that curtail the education experience of the majority of Mauritian children. Within this context, Mauritian education authorities have attempted various educational reforms aiming at ‘World Class Quality Education’ so as to contribute to an efficient and dynamic workforce and to meet the needs of an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based and globalised economy. Reflecting the Mauritian government’s ‘quality’ agenda and its focus on the work of school leaders, this article reports the findings of research exploring Mauritian principals’ views about the usefulness or otherwise of Total Quality Management (TQM) principles in raising educational standards. It focuses specifically on whether and how principals are addressing the mounting challenges brought about by globalisation. The findings indicate that, despite the government’s efforts at reforms, the education system detracts from ambitions to adequately prepare all Mauritian children for work and life in a globalised and networked world. The article argues that school leaders need to take proactive responsibility for ensuring that all Mauritian children have access to an education system that cultivates their participation as active citizens of the global community.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051318

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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