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School Fees in South Africa: Increasing quality or decreasing equality?

Type: Research
Author(s): Raab, Terway
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: School Fees in South Africa: Increasing quality or decreasing equality?, school fees, South Africa
Tags: School Fees
While school fees are hotly debated in South Africa, there is little information about the effects of this policy on schools. This study examines the school principals’ implementation of South Africa’s school fees policy and analyzes its effectiveness in tackling the issues of equity and redress in the post-apartheid environment. Comment

School Fee Abolition: Impact on Learning and Persistence

Type: Research
Author(s): Wiener
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: The Effects of School Fee Abolition on Learning Outcomes, school fees, learning outcomes
As many countries abolish school fees as a major step toward achieving universal primary education (UPE), it is imperative that ample attention is given to learning and education quality as well as enrollment. Education expenditures will only produce more benefits if student learning outcomes improve along with the increase in school enrollment and persistence, particularly in the lower primary grades. Comment

Estimating the Costs of Achieving Education for All in Low-Income Countries

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Education for All, educational costs, low-income countries, Global Monitoring Report
This is a background paper commissioned for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010 for financial gap costing on 47 low-income countries in reaching Education for All goals by 2015. Comment

International Problem Solving through Distance Learning

Type: Research
Author(s): Lent
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: International Problem Solving through Distance Learning, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia
This paper describes not only the learning process through which individuals and groups reflected on their professional, institutional, and education sector priorities, but also how the distance learning course (DLC) titled Accountability, Governance, and Quality of Education Decentralization in Africa used video conferencing and other media as interactive tools. Comment

Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Guatemala

Type: Research
Author(s): Moore, Adelman, Grajeda, Snyder, Dowd
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Using Opportunity to Learn and Early Grade Reading Fluency to Measure School Effectiveness in Guatemala, opportunity to learn, Guatemala
The study further establishes an opportunity to learn (OTL) index based on 12 factors and measures the extent to which opportunity to learn is optimized in a sample of schools in Guatemala. Comment

Pupil Performance and Age: A Study of Promotion, Repetition and Dropout Rates Among Pupils in Four Age Groups in 35 Countries

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: School performance, age group, promotion, repetition, dropout
This working paper investigates the extent of under- and overage pupils in developing countries and the differences in school performance by age group. The study finds that in the lower grades of primary school, older pupils generally outperform younger ones and younger pupils are far more likely to repeat grades. In higher grades of primary school and in all grades of secondary school, older pupils under-perform; they are less likely to be promoted and more likely to drop out of school than younger pupils.

Sub-national Disparities in Learning

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education inequality, sub-national, attendance, pupil-teacher ratio, education outcomes
This working paper examines sub-national differences in student learning by in 25 developing countries. The study proposes criteria for selecting the best measure of learning disparity. It finds that sub-national learning score disparity correlates poorly to the pupil-teacher ratio differentials and best to attendance rate differentials. Comment

Household Survey Guidelines on Education Appendices

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Household survey, guidelines, International Household Survey Network
This paper contains the appendices for the Household Survey Guidelines on Education working paper for use in the context of the IHSN Question Bank working paper. Comment

Household Survey Guidelines on Education

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Household survey, guidelines, International Household Survey Network
This report recommends the structure and wording of a coordinated suite of education modules for household survey questionnaires. The report was commissioned by the International Household Survey Network (www.ihsn.org) as background for the IHSN question bank. The main text evaluates the education questions and modules used in a cross-section of household surveys, distills their best practices, and organize these practices into a coherent and coordinated suite of education questionnaire modules.

Global Educational Trends

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education trends, projections, attainment, inequalities
This report covers ten key education trends in brief two page sections with graphical illustration. The topics include: pre-school attendance, losses in school through dropout, future trends for completion and teacher needs in primary and secondary, inequity by gender and wealth, the role of non-formal education, human capital projections, youth and employment, education and health. Comment

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