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ERIC Number: EJ946102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
School Resources and Academic Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Lee, Valerie E.; Zuze, Tia Linda
Comparative Education Review, v55 n3 p369-397 Aug 2011
We investigate links between students' achievement and several resource inputs in African primary schools, using data from the 2000 Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ-II). We focused on four sub-Saharan countries that had in place legislation mandating free and universal primary schooling: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, and Uganda. Using multilevel modeling (hierarchical linear models), we found strong links between material and human resources and grade 6 students' achievement in reading and mathematics. Structural features such as school shifts and school size were negatively associated with achievement, although effects varied across countries. We discuss policy implications of our findings within each country's educational context. (Contains 14 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Botswana; Malawi; Namibia; Uganda