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

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

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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Volume (Year): 14 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 401-429

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