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Social Science Developing Countries

Education for Development or Underdevelopment?

Guyana’s Educational System and its Implications for the Third World

by (author) M.K. Bacchus

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1980
Category
Developing Countries, Americas, Economic Conditions
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889200852
    Publish Date
    Dec 1980
    List Price
    $41.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780889203853
    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
    List Price
    $41.99

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How critical is education in the development struggle of a third world country? Responding to popular demands for more accessible education, the Guyanese government instituted numerous educational reforms, hoping to promote economic growth in both the modern and the traditional sectors of the economy. Many in the traditional sector, however, saw education as a means of economic advancement, and sought increasingly to move into higher social strata through employment in the modern sector. Consequently, the civil service and private firms gained an oversupply of personnel, while agriculture and small business suffered, and unemployment increased. The author examines Guyana’s educational system from historical, political, social, and economic perspectives, and draws implications for other developing countries.

About the author

M. Kazim Bacchus was Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for International Education and Development at the University of Alberta. He helped as Director to establish the Institute for Educational Development at The Aga Khan University in Kartachi, Pakistan. He taught at the Universities of London, Guyana, West Indies, Alberta, and Chicago and was a consultant with CIDA, UNESCO, the Government of Papua New Guinea, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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