Primary School Teacher Deployment

A Comparative Study

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Ensuring Education for All at the primary school level is not just a matter of recruiting enough teachers: they must be deployed effectively across the education system. Even countries with sufficient total numbers of teachers may have shortages in some areas, or be unsuccessful in recruiting female teachers, with consequences for the participation rate of girls in schools.

Primary School Teacher Deployment presents four detailed studies, from countries with low net educational enrolment levels: Nigeria, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. The book demonstrates the effects of inequitable teacher deployment, and the attempts to address these problems at the country level.

The contributors make overall recommendations on deployment policies and practices in a number of areas to assist educational planners to achieve Education for All goals, particularly with regard to female teachers, but also dealing with training and recruitment, in-service training, teacher incentives, teacher utilisation, and effective decentralisation.



Comparative Situational Analysis

The countries chosen – Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and the United Republic of Tanzania – were identified for study to illuminate key similarities in teacher deployment issues that would help to isolate common ways forward despite their being cross-regional and of varying demographic and national characteristics. It was also hoped that each had specific particularities that would be of interest within an analysis of teacher deployment. Two of the countries, Nigeria and Pakistan, are both densely populated countries with federated political systems, although Nigeria’s constituted states are significant at 36 compared to Pakistan’s six provinces, despite having similar population sizes. Tanzania, as a more sparsely-populated African state nonetheless has an expansive land mass and extreme rural/ urban divisions. Finally, PNG is a Commonwealth small state with a diverse cultural context and remote, difficult-to-access geographical locations.


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