In Malawi, where a policy of Free Primary Education has been in place for more than fifteen years, relatively few children have never attended school. However, despite high initial enrolments, primary education in Malawi is inefficient, with high dropout and low completion rates. Against a context of underlying poverty, research suggests that many of the children in Malawi denied adequate access to education are those orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
Following contracting out of government primary schools to private companies in Liberia, researchers have examined the effects of these partnerships and how the schools deliver (or fail to deliver) better outcomes.
Research in Bangladesh demonstrates how early childhood programmes could be effectively adapted for implementation at scale, using locally available resources and infrastructure.
Principal Investigator: Ianthi Maria Tsimpli.
Principal Investigator: Robin Shields. Lead Organisation: University of Bath
Co-investigators: Stephen Carney; Swati Banerjee; Hugh Lauder; Andres Sandoval Hernandez; Ganesh Bahadur Singh; P.K. Shajahan
The project will investigate how the accountability of schools differs according the school management model and whether accountability is linked to differences in learning outcomes.
Principal Investigator: Sayantan Ghosal.
This project focuses on learning outcomes for 'disadvantaged learners' in India: children of primary school age who are disadvantaged by a range of structural inequalities, which are often cross-cutting, such as gender, location, caste, and class.