Learning about schools in development

There has been considerable progress in school construction and enrollment worldwide. Paying kids to go to school can help overcome remaining demand-side barriers to enrollment. Nonetheless, the quality of education appears very poor across the developing world, limiting development impact. Thus we should measure and promote learning not schooling. Conditional cash transfers to students on the basis of attendance and scores, school choice, decentralization combined with published test results, and teacher pay based on attendance and performance may help. But learning outcomes are primarily affected by the broader environment in which students live, suggesting a learning agenda that stretches far beyond education ministries.

author
Kenny, Charles
series
Working paper
language
ENG
Series volume
238
Institutions
Center for Global Development (USA)
date
2010
Pages
28 p.
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themes
Quality of education
Education and development

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