Josh Dean ♦ 2013 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: Identifying Factors Affecting Student Transition from Primary to Secondary Education in Selected Developing Countries

Abstract: The percentage of pupils in Sub-Saharan Africa who successfully transition from primary (ISCED 1) to lower secondary (ISCED 2) education ranges from 36% in Tanzania to 98% in Seychelles. Beyond the range of transition rates, there is enormous variation in how much each country has improved in the last ten years. This paper examines the wide variation in transition rates as calculated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) from 1999-2010 in selected developing countries.

Six case studies are conducted comparing the educational and economic policies of four countries that have shown significant improvement (Senegal, Uganda, Niger and Gambia) to two countries without improvement (Morocco and Ghana). This approach allows in-depth analysis of the specific policies, while providing the ability to control for factors that may not be represented in a more quantitative analysis.


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