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Education for Development or Underdevelopment?

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

By M.K. Bacchus
Subjects Education, Social Science, Development Studies
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Paperback : 9780889200852, 320 pages, December 1980
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780889203853, 320 pages, December 2010
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889208902, 320 pages, January 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Education for Development or Underdevelopment? Guyana’s Educational System and Its Implications for the Third World by M.K. Bacchus
List of Tables and Charts
1. Historical Introduction to Guyanese Society
2. Post-1945 Developments in Guyana
3. Primary Education
4. Teacher Education
5. Secondary Education
6. Post-Secondary and Technical Education
7. Expenditure on Education
8. Conclusion


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.