True – too much emphasis on the academic aspect of education, I have always found this wrong, people are different, if they do not excel in something they should be allowed to try something else, why not introduce some pottery classes, music, cooking, agriculture etc, creativity is an important part of the educational system that the Mauritian system does not consider at all.
National exams at form 3? Now that does not make any sense to me apart being more stressful to students, 2 years later you have the SC exams, then 2 years later again, HSC, if you believe that having an exam at form3 will prepare students for SC exams, why, the next thing you will hear is that you are having national exams at form 1 to prepare students for the form3 exams.
A total lack of materials in schools, overhead projector, videos, educational excursions etc make lessons more interesting, you will find such things in private schools mostly, if the government/PSSA is investing in education, why not do it thoroughly and go for things that will help students.
The way of teaching itself is not very appropriate, mostly because most of the Mauritian teachers have secured their jobs based on who they know up the ladder, I know this is harsh but true. Most of the teachers do not even have proper degrees to teach or even PGCEs, teaching is a job that demands a lot of responsibility, you have to know what you are doing and how you are doing it, you have to train your staff to reach the level that you expect them to have or employ people who are worth it.
False – whatever you say, education is free.
You get social help at all levels, books and school paraphernalia, university scholarships etc.
The educational level is quite high be it at secondary or tertiary level.
Maybe I am biased, but I can see mostly all of the flaws that the educational system has, I have been to a private school, worked in an international school and my sister studied in a S.S. school and you know these three educational systems are just so different for a small island like Mauritius. I wonder if it would not make sense to carry out a national survey about the educational system of Mauritius and make amendments based on what people expect their kids to get or what kids want to get as an education.