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Title: Secondary education reform in Lesotho and Zimbabwe and the needs of rural girls: Pronouncements, policy and practice
Authors: Ansell, N
Keywords: Geography;Education;Gender;Africa;Policy
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Comparative Education 38(1): 91-112
Abstract: Analysis of the educational needs of rural girls in Lesotho and Zimbabwe suggests a number of shortcomings in the current form of secondary education, and ways in which it might be modified so as to serve this sizeable group of students better. Several of the shortcomings, notably in relation to curricular irrelevance and excessive focus on examinations, have long been recognised, including by politicians. Yet political pronouncements are seldom translated into policy, and even where policy is formulated, reforms are seldom implemented in schools. This paper makes use of interviews with educational decision-makers in the two southern African countries and a range of documentary sources to explore why, despite the considerable differences between the two contexts, much needed educational reforms have been implemented in neither.
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Dept of Education Research Papers

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