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Title:Primary Education Quality in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa: Determinants of Learning Achievement and Efficiency Considerations
Author:Michaelowa, Katharina
Periodical:World Development
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:academic achievement
primary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Abbreviation:PASEC=Programme for the Analysis of Education Systems
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(01)00061-4
Abstract:What are the most efficient means to ensure basic learning competencies for a high number of children? This question is analyzed on the basis of a data set provided by the Programme on the Analysis of Education Systems (Programme d'analyse des systèmes éducatifs des pays de la Confemen, PASEC), which was carried out in five countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar and Senegal. A Hierarchical Linear Model is used to assess the individual, school level, and national characteristics determining fifth-grade students' achievement in French and mathematics. A broad categorization of different efficiency measures can be made. The discussion of these measures is structured around the following possible determinants of efficiency: 1) the context and initial conditions of the educational system (e.g. adult literacy, use of language of instruction by parents, overall economic development); 2) the mix of educational inputs; 3) the capacity to transform a given input mix into effective student learning; 4) the cost of educational input factors. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.