In developing countries, rising enrollments in schools coupled with poor learning outcomes have put the issue of accountability at the forefront of the debate about education policy. Governments are increasingly developing partnerships with the private sector to help meet the goal of providing quality education to all students, regardless of their financial background. This evaluation will look at efforts to improve teaching in publicly-funded schools through incentives and training for teachers, and compare the results to a similar program for teachers in government-run schools.
Research area: Education
Evaluation Sample: 280 schools
Timeline: 2013 - 2017
Intervention: Incentives; Feedback, Mobile phone
Researchers: Shwetlena Sabarwal, World Bank; James Habyarimana, Georgetown University; Felipe Barrera, Harvard University
In 2007, Uganda became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to implement a universal secondary education program, and since then, enrollment has jumped by 400 percent. To accommodate the surge in student numbers, the Government began providing private schools with public financing. Despite the increasing importance of private schools, little analysis has been done on the quality of education service they deliver— including the area of teacher performance, a pressing problem in Uganda’s schools. The Ministry of Education and Sports is exploring ways to improve teaching in both public and private schools, by providing teachers with feedback, practical tips and rewards.