Governance in Kiribati
- Government Agencies
- Policy and Plans
The main government ministry in charge of the education sector in Kiribati is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport Development. Control of educational issues is given to the Minister of Education who appoints a permanent secretary. Administration is very centralised with little authority given to individual schools. The Government receives aid from Australia (AUSAID) and New Zealand (NZAID), as part of bilateral agreements, to help provide these education services. The Ministry of Education receives the largest portion of total Government budget every year, primarily due to the salaries of teachers. It also provides subsides to Church schools. In addition to the ministry, there is the Kiribati National Advisory Committee for Children, and the regional exam board South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment.
Ministry of Education
Tel: +686 28 091
Minister: Maere Tekanene
The Kiribati Development Plan 2012-15 was based on a review of previous plans and extensive consultations with all the key stakeholders. Social protection and gender equity are important guiding principles of the plan. Government programmes are now required to foster gender empowerment, emphasising children, family, and women’s and men’s rights.
Among the key objectives for 2011-15 is improvement in functional literacy and numeracy, and professional and technical skills development.
The government collaborates with civil society, and particularly the churches, towards delivering universal basic education. It has identified some key areas for improvement: early childhood development and non-formal education; primary teacher education; upgrading schools and classroom resources; and literacy and numeracy.
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