This evaluation measures progress to date towards the achievement of the goals of the Cook Islands Education Master Plan 2008-2023, to inform future planning and decision making. The focus of the evaluation is on outcomes identified by the Ministry of Education, the Department of National Human Resource Development and the Cook Islands Investment Corporation.
The evaluation finds that the Education Master Plan is relevant to training and education priorities in the Cook Islands and to current national, regional and international mandates. As a strategic document, the Education Master Plan is considered a valuable and useful sector level planning tool.
The education sector has been largely effective in achieving the short term results identified toward achieving the goals of the Education Master Plan and in delivering against current priorities. In determining value for money, the systems used to deliver financial resources have developed over time and continue to improve, while at an activity level financial resources are being used for the purposes for which they are intended.
Progress can be sustained through on-going implementation of existing initiatives. However attention is required to provide systematic interventions and resources to address the constraints identified through the evaluation. Some constraints will be addressed after the merger of the Department of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Education in July 2012. A benefit of the Education Master Plan has been its ability to focus and integrate efforts amongst stakeholders.
Lessons learnt and opportunities for development are identified for all four goals of the Education Master Plan with a schedule of recommendations to signify areas for on-going development with some new initiatives.