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ERIC Number: ED326371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-15
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Defining What Is and What Is Not an Issue: An Analysis of Assistance Agency Africa Education Sector Studies.
Samoff, Joel
Recent studies portray African education in a state of stress. Since it is widely believed that education is critical to development, proposals for addressing this crisis have been numerous and frequent. A knowledge base of research studies has to be created to advise the external agencies that support education in Africa. Many studies were, however, incomplete and non-scholarly. The resulting reports were not widely circulated, as they carried access restrictions imposed by the sponsoring agency. This paper attempts to provide an overview of education sector studies in Africa. It contains an introduction to over 100 studies submitted through August, 1989; a review of the major themes; and an analytical commentary on what is and what is not contained in the studies. The emerging consensus from these studies about what is wrong with African education and how it ought to be restructured is discussed. Four themes appear in most of the studies: (1) the curriculum does not match the job market; (2) a larger share of the cost of education should be paid by the students and their parents; (3) the authority and responsibility for schools should be decentralized to improve local responsiveness and efficiency and to decrease corruption; and (4) internal and external efficiency are useful standards for evaluating educational policies, programs, and expenditures in all countries. The appendix contains a listing of the studies by country with UNESCO Database numbers. (ALL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
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Identifiers: Africa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Anaheim, CA, March 22-25, 1990).