Examining promotion, dropout and repetition in various grades and performance in public examinations at the end of secondary schooling, this paper explored the internal efficiency of secondary educational institutions in Bangladesh. Using the database of 598 educational institutions created for Education Watch 2005 the estimates were done through UNESCO-PRoAPsoftware called Edu Analysis. Estimates were made available for five types of secondary educational institutions - three of which are general type (viz., government, non-government, and school-cum-college) and two are Islamic religious (viz., dakhil and alim madrasas). The findings reveal that on average, the system was 25.9% efficient with a wide variation by school type – government schools showed the highest efficiency (54.9%) and the dakhil madrasas lowest (22.7%). The provisions, in general, were more efficient for boys than for girls (32.9% vs. 20.2%). Gender variation commonly existed in all types of institutions. The madrasas were less efficient than the schools under general stream. The situation of the madrasa girls was the worst.
Bangladesh Forum for Educational Development
UNESCO Office Dhaka
Asia and the Pacific
Economics of education