DEVOLUTION FOR WHAT? AN EXPLANATION THROUGH SRI
LANKAN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Year: 1992

Author: Palihakkara, Hemamali

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
This paper is intended to make two contributions to educational policy, specifically in relation to devolution of power to school level:
* a conceptualisation and description of the reasons behind devolution;
* a de-mystification of the processes of decentralisation and devolution in Sri Lanka.
Firstly, it is intended to highlight the philosophy behind devolution and local control. Then an attempt will be made to conceptualise, why many governments of various parts of the world, show much interest in introducing devolution into their education systems. It will then be followed by an argument based on a mismatch between various notions and visions of devolution. Next, Sri Lankan experience in devolution will be discussed to support the above mentioned arguments. Finally, implications will be discussed, based on the Sri Lankan experience in devolution.

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