Across the developing world, policy makers are looking for ways to increase teacher accountability and ensure that all students are getting the education they need to succeed in life. But what’s the best way to protect against teacher absenteeism in countries where inspection systems are already overburdened and have little funding? Answering this question and ensuring that teachers come to school is critical to improving student learning.
Research area: Education
Evaluation Sample: 200 schools
Intervention: Information and communication technology; camera phones
Researchers: Patrick Ramanantoanina, World Bank; Moussa Blimpo, University of Oklahoma; Melissa Adelman, World Bank; David Evans, World Bank; Noah Yarrow, World Bank
In Haiti, policy makers are looking for ways to increase teacher accountability in the education sector, especially in the country’s large and mostly unregulated low-cost private school system. Nearly 90 percent of primary and secondary schools are private and some 20 percent of schools across the country reported a teacher absence in the previous week. Researchers are working with the Ministry of Education to implement a program that uses cell phone cameras and wireless internet connections to verify teacher attendance. The evaluation of the program will help shed light on the ways in which greater supervision, accountability, and increased teacher presence in the classroom can regulate the large private school sector and improve student learning.