Key Ingredients for Prospective Education: Academic Outcomes and Resources for Basic Education in Fiji

Authors

  • Manpreet Kaur University of Fiji, Fiji Islands
  • Salesh Kumar University of Fiji, Fiji Islands
  • Salesh Kumar University of Fiji, Fiji Islands
  • Sanjaleen Prasad University of Fiji, Fiji Islands
  • Sanjaleen Prasad University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Keywords:

basic education, gender, ethnicity, financing of education, educational resources

Abstract

Disparities in region, ethnicity, gender, and economic background have had
an enormous impact on basic education in Fiji. While Wadan Narsey’s four-chapter book
primarily focuses on Fiji, it also draws on data from Tuvalu to illustrate the key ingredients for
prospective education outcomes - resources and finance. This succinct review looks at how
regional, ethnic, gender and economic disparities in examination performances, diversity of
class compositions, school placement and class sizes, attendance, and student-teacher ratio
impact basic education. It also endeavours to engage stakeholders in a serious discussion
by looking at educational needs, policies, reforms and resources for achieving the desired
results in basic education.

Author Biographies

Manpreet Kaur, University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Manpreet Kaur is a Lecturer in English at The University of Fiji. She teaches English
Literature and Language courses at the undergraduate level and post graduate level. She
also coordinates the TESL programme at Saweni Campus. Currently, Manpreet is doing her
PhD in English Literature titled ‘From Borderlands of History and Imagination: An Indo-Fijian
Woman’s Perspective’. She has an anthology to her credit titled ‘Echoes of my Footprints
‘. Manpreet has attended and presented scholarly papers at several local and international
conferences. She is passionate about climate change, educational challenges, diaspora
and diasporic subjects as well as creative writing. Manpreet has collaborated and published
several peer reviewed papers in scholarly journals. Her passion also includes freelance
writing. Private Mail Bag, Lautoka, Fiji. Email: manpreetk@unifiji.ac.fj

Salesh Kumar, University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Salesh Kumar is a Lecturer in Language & Linguistics, The University of Fiji, Suva Campus,
Fiji. Email: saleshk@unifiji.ac.fj

Salesh Kumar, University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Salesh Kumar is a Lecturer in Language & Linguistics, The University of Fiji, Suva Campus,
Fiji. Email: saleshk@unifiji.ac.fj

Sanjaleen Prasad, University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Sanjaleen Prasad is Lecturer in Language, Literature and Communications, The University
of Fiji, Saweni Campus, Lautoka, Fiji. She teaches academic writing and literature
courses. Sanjaleen has written and published scholarly papers, book chapters, book
reviews and other features articles in local and international collections. She has also been
involved in various research work with her colleagues at the University. With a passion
for reading and writing, Sanjaleen is currently working on her book of life writings. Email:
sanjaleenp@unifiji.ac.fj

Sanjaleen Prasad, University of Fiji, Fiji Islands

Sanjaleen Prasad is Lecturer in Language, Literature and Communications, The University
of Fiji, Saweni Campus, Lautoka, Fiji. She teaches academic writing and literature
courses. Sanjaleen has written and published scholarly papers, book chapters, book
reviews and other features articles in local and international collections. She has also been
involved in various research work with her colleagues at the University. With a passion
for reading and writing, Sanjaleen is currently working on her book of life writings. Email:
sanjaleenp@unifiji.ac.fj

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Published

2021-03-16

How to Cite

Kaur, M. ., Kumar, S. ., Kumar, S. ., Prasad, S. ., & Prasad, S. . (2021). Key Ingredients for Prospective Education: Academic Outcomes and Resources for Basic Education in Fiji. Staff and Educational Development International, 23(3), 129-140. Retrieved from http://journal.netsed.net/index.php/sedi/article/view/75