Examination Systems in Small States

Comparative Perspectives on Policies, Models and Operations

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This publication is based on the content of a panCommonwealth workshop in Barbados in 1996. Participants looked at issues such as: personnel and infrastructure; international recognition and national priorities; innovative ways of testing; using technology to improve efficiency. Examination Systems in Small States deals with the provision of examinations in small states. It presents a conceptual framework and discusses models for the administration and provision of examinations at the end of the secondary cycle.




Unlike most other colonial territories, Mauritius was uninhabited in the precolonial era. The island was probably visited by Arabs before Portuguese voyagers rediscovered it in 1510, but it was the Dutch who took possession of the island in 1598 and named it Mauritius. The Dutch left in 1710, and were replaced five years later by the French, who changed the name to Isle de France.


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