Title: Secondary school failure in Tonga : implications for in-service and pre-service teacher development Author: Booth, Edward O., Tatafu, Makafalani, Wilson, Michael
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.36, vol.19, no.1, 1997
|Subject: || Education|Evaluation|Tonga|
Educational tests and measurements|Tonga
Collation: p. 55-81 ;
Abstract: Attrition from the (formal) schooling system has long been of concern in our region. Thus Tatafu et al’s report on a study of secondary school dropout and examination failure at the upper secondary level in the Kingdom of Tonga is worthy of close consideration. Possible causes of attrition, such as overly examination-oriented teaching, which leaves less able students (who may be a majority) floundering, were identified in the doctoral study which the article reports on. Among panacea, pre-service teacher training revision is suggested in the light of problems identified by the study.