Impact of Different Types of Schooling on Achievement in the School System: Evidence from Ethiopia

Part of the Young Lives series, this paper explores how achievement varies by school type and the role that school inputs play in pupils’ educational achievement in Ethiopia

Obiageri Bridget Azubuike
Publication Date:
Mon, 14/09/2015 - 12:04
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1.53 MB

Educational achievement of pupils attending primary schools is different depending on the type of school they attend. This paper examines how these achievements vary by school type and the role that school inputs play in pupils’ educational achievement. Using data from the Young Lives project, this study finds that while individual and household characteristics the children enrol into school with are key drivers of educational achievement, school factors explain a large share of the educational achievement gaps of primary school pupils in Ethiopia. This paper concludes that targeted policies which aim to reduce individual and household gaps prior to primary school enrolment are very important but more importantly policies that encourage an enabling environment for quality learning to thrive will also play an important role in improving learning outcomes for primary school children in Ethiopia.

This paper is part of a series supported by PERI and Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam over 15 years. More information about Young Lives can be found at www.younglives.org.uk.

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