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.



Conclusions and Recommendations

Ensuring equitable, quality teacher deployment is clearly a challenge for countries, and particularly so for those undergoing expansion and re-structuring of their education systems. As demonstrated in the situational analysis, one of the first challenges for each of the country case studies is the dual responsibility of increasing teacher numbers as means of increasing access to education for the large numbers of children still out of school, coupled with the need for appropriate measures that will prevent an exacerbation of the regional and gendered deployment imbalances that already exist.


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