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.




Historically and culturally, the islands of Samoa should be viewed in conjunction with their neighbours to the east known today as American Samoa. American sovereignty over the eastern islands was established in 1899. In the same year, the western group of islands became a German colony; but in 1914, at the commencement of World War I, it was annexed by New Zealand.


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