FORTY SIX selected school teachers from all over the country will be conducting a PaBER (Pacific Benchmarking for Better Education Result) field Research which will run from August to October this year.
This was possible after they concluded a Field Research Training Program, which ended last Friday at the OG conference centre in Honiara.
The training was purposely to prepare the teachers as data collectors for the research and it is the first of its kind to be hosted by MEHRD in its endeavour to prepare potential data collectors who can assist the Ministry in field research work in the future.
The training is necessary to make sure all data collectors engaged in this field research follow the same set of procedures when they go out into the field.
The field research that they are going to participate in as data collectors is part of the PaBER pilot program which began in 2010.
The PaBER Pilot is the result of a joint regional pursuit to address the dire situation of literacy and numeracy achievements of students in the Pacific.
It was launched by the Pacific Forum Education Ministers (FEdMM) in 2010.
The overall aim of the PaBER Pilot Program is to improve literacy and numeracy levels of children in the Pacific region, while its purpose is to provide Pacific education ministries with a systematic and reliable means to learn from their own systems and that of their neighbor’s which policies, processes and activities have helped to make a positive impact on the quality of education and specifically on teaching and learning in our primary school system.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA