MoE plans to conduct research in key areas – FBC News

The Ministry of Education has plans to lead research initiatives in key areas critical to the sector’s progress.

Permanent Secretary Selina Kuruleca says the ministry will prioritize exploring the integration of artificial intelligence in schools and teacher retention.

Kuruleca says discussions are underway with Pacific Island education heads to conduct research with the support of global partners such as the World Bank.

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She adds that the Ministry of Education currently relies on the policy planning unit and other resources for research.

“Those students, graduate students studying at FNU and USP, do ask us for approval for research. Part of giving that approval is for copies of their research to be returned to the ministry for our information and also for us to learn some lessons that we can then use to build policy.

Kuruleca emphasizes the need for a comprehensive research framework to effectively meet the changing needs of the education sector.

“So AI is one of them, social issues, school dropout, how do we make sure we keep kids in school, talking about teacher retention and retention strategies or preserving the civil service in general, that was another topic.”

Through targeted research interventions, the Ministry seeks to build a stable and motivated teaching workforce that is essential for maintaining quality education.