Pacific Education: Outsourcing the development of examination papers

For many Pacific island countries, the development of examination papers for its high-stakes national examinations is usually outsourced by their education ministries to subject experts in their tertiary institutions. Last year proved a challenge as…

Pacific Education: the region's teachers require increased support in the teaching of geometry

This was revealed through the contextual questionnaire given to teacher respondents in the PILNA-administered schools: Of the seven numeracy domains taught at the Year 4 and Year 6 grade level, geometry and, data and chance were the ones teachers felt…

Pacific Education: Teaching Literacy

In the PILNA 2018 study, teachers were asked about their confidence in teaching specific aspects of literacy and numeracy. Their responses are important to help education systems design their teachers' professional development plans. The teaching of…

Pacific Education: caregiver engagement with students

The PILNA 2018 study found the degree of caregiver engagement or support to be low, with only about 4 in every 10 students having a family member or ‘caregiver’ actively supporting their efforts to learn to read at home. This study underlined the need…

Pacific Education: gap in critical thinking

Year 4 and Year 6 students in the PILNA 2018 research were assessed for their grasp of basic literacy and numeracy skills. For questions or items that required critical thinking, more than half of the students were unable to provide the expected response…

Pacific Education: pupil-teacher ratio

Education research suggests that student learning outcomes improve with low pupil-teacher ratio. In other words, smaller classes are generally beneficial as it can mean that students receive more attention, or focused assistance, from their teacher. 

Pacific Education: High-quality early learning opportunities can lead to better education outcomes later in life

High-quality early learning opportunities can lead to better education outcomes later in life. The PILNA 2018 research found this to be the case, as significant association was found between student attendance at an early childhood education programme…

Pacific Education: Pacific Register for Qualifications and Standards

EQAP supports member countries with accreditation of its qualifications and the registration of these on a regional register. Five Pacific countries (Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu), have successfully established their national qualifications and…

Pacific Education: Teachers' qualifications in the region

While a large portion of Year 4 and Year 6 students (83%) in the Pacific region had teachers who had completed teacher training programmes, about 1 in 4 students had a teacher whose qualification was either at the certificate level, or lower.

Pacific Education: Year 6 grade level performance in Literacy

  While girls’ persistent positive performance in literacy is reassuring, the learning gap for boys is a matter of serious concern. A 35 points gap is significant as 50 points is equivalent to two years of school. The PILNA research over the years has…
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