Achievement of Primary Competencies: A Comparison between Government and BRAC Schools

BRAC Research Report, May 2007

25 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2017

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Samir Nath

BRAC Center - Research and Evaluation Division

Goutam Roy

Institute of Education and Research, University of Rajshahi

Notan Dutta

BRAC

Anwar Hossain

BRAC Center - Research and Evaluation Division

Date Written: May 1, 2007

Abstract

Using the competency-based test instrument developed for Education Watch 2000 this study made a comparison of learning achievement of two types of primary schools viz., government primary schools (GPS) and BRAC primary schools (BPS). Sixty schools from rural Bangladesh equally distributed by type was randomly chosen for the study. Number of students under test was 600 from BPS and 581 from GPS. Education Watch data of 2000 and other datasets on BPS on the same issue were used to see the improvement in performance over time. The analyses reveal that the overall performance of BPS was slightly better than that of GPS. The gap between BPS and GPS narrowed down from 2000 to 2006. There is still scope for both the sub-systems to improve in achievement of more competencies by the students including gender equity. Students were well in the test items assessing knowledge but they were found weak in those items requiring 'understanding level' of skills. Scope to improve 'understanding level' of skills of the students cannot be ignored.

Keywords: Competency Assessment, Primary Education, Non-Formal Education

Suggested Citation

Nath, Samir and Roy, Goutam and Dutta, Notan and Hossain, Anwar, Achievement of Primary Competencies: A Comparison between Government and BRAC Schools (May 1, 2007). BRAC Research Report, May 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2919748

Samir Nath (Contact Author)

BRAC Center - Research and Evaluation Division ( email )

75 Mohakhali
Dhaka
Bangladesh

Goutam Roy

Institute of Education and Research, University of Rajshahi ( email )

Syed Ismail Hossain Sirajee Bhaban
University of Rajshahi
Rajshahi, 6205
Bangladesh

HOME PAGE: http://www.goutamroy.com

Notan Dutta

BRAC ( email )

75 Mohakhali
Dhaka
Bangladesh

Anwar Hossain

BRAC Center - Research and Evaluation Division ( email )

75 Mohakhali
Dhaka
Bangladesh

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