| || || Puamau, Virisila Qolisaya Lidise.|
| || || Affirmative action and racial inequalities in education : the case of Fiji|
Author:Puamau, Virisila Qolisaya Lidise.
Institution: University of Queensland
Subject: Fijians -- Education -- Fiji , Education -- Fiji -- Evaluation , Education and state--Fiji
Call No.: Pac LC 97 .F5 P78 1999
Copyright:40-60% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This thesis is concerned with explaining why Indigenous Fijians in Fiji consistently underachieve in formal schooling. It is particularly concerned with why affirmative action policies have not helped to narrow racial inequalities in education. It utilises the conceptual resources provided by postcolonial theory to critique the devastating impact of colonialism, to unpick written texts that claim to represent Fiji's history as well as to deconstruct the interview data. Interview data was collected in Fiji over a fifteen week period in the latter part of 1996 from 74 informants in the following six categories: Politicians, Bureaucrats, Community Representatives, Academics, Principals and Teachers. Questions asked included informants' perceptions of the way affirmative action is thought about, implemented and its consequences as well as explanations for the underachievement of Indigenous Fijians in schooling.