From left to right: Palau Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai, SPC Micronesian Regional Director Lara Studzinski, Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) Principal Adviser Agustin de la Varga Gonzalez, Tawoqa J. Naisor, and Chief of School Management Raynold Mechol during a meeting in Palau as part of the SPC mission to come up with a three-year work plan for the country in the field of education. (Contributed Photo)
Three delegates from the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) visited Palau for a five-day mission to give technical assistance to the Ministry of Education (MOE) and develop a three-year work plan that would help enhance the country’s capacity in certain areas of education.
SPC Micronesian Regional Director Lara Studzinski, Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) Principal Adviser Agustin de la Varga Gonzalez, and Tawoqa J. Naisor kicked off the mission in Palau on January 28 and met different stakeholders from the MOE.
Chief of School Management Raynold Mechol told Island Times in an interview that the mission was part of Palau’s request for technical support in the area of improving teacher quality, student assessment, and student leadership, among others.
“The challenges we faced today formed the basis for the mission like teacher quality. We want to put the system in place where we continually work to improve teacher quality and classrooms, student assessment, how to partner with SPC to improve our student assessment systems,” Mechol said, adding that this initiative is also in line with the Pacific Regional Education Framework and the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) which pertains to quality education.
Meanwhile, EQAP Principal Adviser Gonzalez said that the mission will focus on the areas of education policy planning, curriculum and assessment, and qualifications and accreditations, among others.
The SPC works with 15 countries in the Pacific for the same mission, completing six missions so far.
After collecting relevant data from the 15 countries, a final presentation will be held in March in Fiji which will be participated by representatives of each participating country. The formal endorsement of the three-year work plan will also be made. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)