Discussion Paper 9. Teacher Education in TrinidadandTobago: Costs, Financing and Future Policy.

Abstract

This paper explores primary teacher education in Trinidad and Tobago. The first section outlines general characteristics of the education system and its financing. The second provides an overview of the teacher education system and includes data on output, the delivery of the curriculum, and the costs of training. Section 3 uses the analysis of provision to develop projections of supply and demand under different scenarios which will shape future policy. Section 4 identifies the issues that emerge for future policy and Section 5 summarises the opportunities and options available. It is suggested that teacher education is currently hampered by lack of investment in infrastructure, a lack of linkage between the \"on the job\" training programme and other parts of teacher education, an overloaded curriculum, and salary scales for teacher educators which have made it difficult to attract and retain qualified staff.

Citation

Sussex, UK: Centre for International Education, 40 pp., revised 2002

Discussion Paper 9. Teacher Education in TrinidadandTobago: Costs, Financing and Future Policy.

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