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Solomon Islands – Education policy focuses on labour market demand

13 February 2014

The new draft policy on government funded scholarships will shift the focus on training towards preparing Solomon Islanders for jobs that are in demand in the labour market, reports solomontimes.com.

The new policy, which will become effective this year, is a result of a review of the Tertiary Education policy. The training needs of Solomon Islands, to be delivered either in the country or abroad, will in future be based on the labour market demand.

The Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) will lead the assessment of demand through research and consultation with local industries.

It is also intended that there will be greater fairness in the way scholarships are allocated across provinces. Female students will receive an increasing allocation of the scholarships awarded.

The policy is necessary to ensure that scholarships are properly managed so that the country gets the expected returns from its investment on human resources. Under the previous policy, scholarships were awarded based on students’ own areas of interest but that has now been changed to meet the local labour market demand in the long term.


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