The Need for Accountability in Education in Developing Countries
AbstractDespite the rapid growth in enrollment rates across the developing world, there are major concerns about the quality of education that children receive. Across numerous developing countries, recent learning assessments have revealed that children are not able to develop basic numeracy and literary skills. These low levels of learning are the result of a number of interrelated factors, many of which reflect the low levels of accountability across multiple levels of the education system. In this paper, I document the main education challenges facing developing countries, including the lack of accountability among teachers and school management. I also review recent literature that documents the effectiveness of interventions aimed at addressing these accountability issues. Finally, I assess the potential for the market to improve accountability in the education sector in developing countries.
CitationMbiti, Isaac M. 2016. "The Need for Accountability in Education in Developing Countries." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 30 (3): 109-32. DOI: 10.1257/jep.30.3.109
- H52 National Government Expenditures and Education
- I21 Analysis of Education
- I25 Education and Economic Development
- I28 Education: Government Policy
- O15 Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration