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  • There will be little disagreement with the view that the effective management and administration of educational systems is of crucial importance if education is to make a sustained contribution to national development in member countries of the Commonwealth. This is all the more critical as the demand for educational services grows against a background of declining expenditure on education, the slowing down of educational expansion and the harsh economic realities of the present decade. In this context, the need to improve the efficiency of educational management and its capacity to deliver relevant and quality education has assumed considerable urgency.

  • The Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica from 5-7 July 1982 was held in response to one of a number of recommendations of the Eighth Commonwealth Education Conference (8CEC) which deal with educational administration.

  • Representatives from 14 Commonwealth Caribbean countries met at the Education Development and Demonstration Centre, Caenwood, Kingston, Jamaica from 5-7 July 1982 to discuss the establishment of a Commonwealth Regional Training Programme for Educational Administration. In addition, the University of the West Indies (UWI) attended as a full participant and observers from the University of Ife (Nigeria), the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Unesco and USAID also participated in the discussions. The Meeting was chaired by Mr Leo Goodin, Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary), from the Ministry of Education, Jamaica.