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Management and Motivation in Ugandan Primary Schools: An impact evaluation report

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  • Abigail Barr
  • Lawrence Bategeka
  • Madina Guloba
  • Ibrahim Kasirye
  • Frederick Mugisha
  • Pieter Serneels
  • Andrew Zeitlin

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Among the various challenges that the Ugandan government is facing to improve educational outcomes and achieve Universal Primary Education (UPE) in the country, is the necessity to improve the “quality of education”. Service delivery in education in Uganda has been proven to suffer, in great part, from the “weakness of accountability mechanisms between school administrators, teachers and the communities”. In order to assist national decision-makers in solving these issues, a team of local researchers set out to test and assess the effectiveness of two types of community-based monitoring interventions in improving general educational outcomes, using methods of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on a sample of 100 rural public primary schools in the country. This paper presents the main findings from this experimental impact evaluation project.

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Paper provided by PEP-PIERI in its series Working Papers PIERI with number 2012-14.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: Uganda; Universal primary education; education services; quality of education; community-based monitoring; accountability; school management and motivation; randomized controlled trial;

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