Books, buildings, and learning outcomes

Books, buildings, and learning outcomes

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qBooks, Buildings, and Learning Outcomes examines the impact of World Bank-supported educational reforms introduced in Ghana since 1986 and related investment projects in support of basic education. A nation-wide survey of households, schools, and teachers found that both the quantity and quality of schooling has improved over the last fifteen years. Enrolments in basic education have increased by over 10 percent compared to 15 years ago. And whereas 15 years ago nearly two-thirds of primary school graduates were illiterate, less than one in twenty are so today. These improvements in learning outcomes are clearly and strongly linked to better welfare as measured by higher income, better nutrition, and reduced mortality. The gains in educational outputs can be directly linked to better school quality, manifested in improved infrastructure and greater availability of school supplies. Today it is the norm to have one textbook per child for math and English: rather than one per class as was common before the advent of reforms. Increased school quality can in turn be linked to the Bank?s support which has financed the construction of 8, 000 classroom blocks and provided 35 million textbooks over the last 15 years. Moreover Bank support helped sustain initially unpopular reforms, demonstrating the efficacy of working in partnership with a government committed to a well-defined sectoral strategy.qIn return for the accommodation the head teacher was to sign an agreement with PTA and DEOC on holding meetings ... For example, schools did not provide the required length of instructional time, community involvement was negligible other ... The BESIP SAR stated that aquot;despite increased resource inputs and enrollments , the reform movement has had very limited ... million on goods (presumably mostly textbooks and furniture, though also including vehicles and other equipment).

Title:Books, buildings, and learning outcomes
Author: Howard White, World Bank. Operations Evaluation Dept
Publisher:World Bank Publications - 2004-09-30

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