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Improving Student Performance in Public Primary Schools in Developing Countries: Evidence from Indonesia

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  • Daniel Suryadarma
  • Asep Suryahadi
  • Sudarno Sumarto
  • F. Halsey Rogers

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This paper investigates the correlates of student performance in mathematics and dictation tests among schoolchildren in Indonesia. This is the first such study to use a new nationally representative sample of Indonesian primary-school students. Our dataset includes unique data on teacher absenteeism collected through direct observation, the first ever in Indonesia. We find that teacher absenteeism is indeed a significantly negative correlate of student performance, while quality of school facilities predicts better performance. We also find a significant non-monotonic concave relationship between the pupil-teacher ratio and student's mathematics performance. Finally, we discuss the policy implications of the results.

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  • Daniel Suryadarma & Asep Suryahadi & Sudarno Sumarto & F. Halsey Rogers, 2006. "Improving Student Performance in Public Primary Schools in Developing Countries: Evidence from Indonesia," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(4), pages 401-429.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:14:y:2006:i:4:p:401-429
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290600854110
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