Quantitative Service Delivery Survey in Education 2003
The goal of this study is to quantify on a nationally representative scale the extent of teacher absenteeism in Bangladesh. Unannounced visits were made to government run primary schools and government-aided but privately run secondary schools to assess how many teachers were present. The research also looked into the pattern of teacher absence (teachers' individual characteristics, quality of facilities, community characteristics, institutional settings and practices). All schools were visited during official hours of operation.
The survey covered 99 primary and 100 secondary schools. All selected primary schools were revisited; secondary schools were visited only once. Round one of the primary schools survey was completed within March-May, round two within June-July, 2003. The secondary school survey was carried out between May-July, 2003.
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Sample survey data [ssd]
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Authoring entity/Primary investigators
For administrative purposes, Bangladesh is divided into six divisions, 64 districts (Zilas), and 507 subdistricts (Upazilas). Probability proportion to population size (pps) sampling was used to select 100 public primary and 100 government-aided private secondary schools for the study. First, all of the Upazilas in the country were divided into three groups: rural, municipality, and metropolitan. Fifty upazilas were picked based upon pps. In each selected Upazila, a complete list of primary and secondary schools were prepared by visiting both district and Upazila Education Offices. Then ultimately two primary and two secondary schools were randomly selected from each Upazila. All the selected primary schools were revisited; secondary schools were visited only once.
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Mode of data collection
Type of Research Instrument
Each sampled primary school was visited twice by a team of trained enumerators. During the first visit, the enumerators collected information about teachers (their demographic data, location of residence, level of education, duration of posting) and information about schools (availability of latrines, distance to paved road, last time the school was visited by the district education officer). For teachers who were absent both times, enumerators had to rely upon information provided by other teachers and administrators. During the second visit enumerators also collected child level information and administered a basic literacy and math exam to a subset of 5th grade students. In each primary school, ten 5th grade students were randomly picked from the student roster.
Each sampled secondary school was visited only once by the same team of trained enumerators. Enumerators collected teacher, school, and pupil specific information (a basic literacy and math exam was also administered to ten randomly picked students from the 10th grade roster in all secondary schools). For teachers who were absent researchers had to rely upon information provided by other teachers and administrators. Besides the facility survey, investigators also conducted a limited "institutional" survey filled out by policymakers at the various education ministries and district education offices. The primary focus was on collecting information governing the recruitment, posting, transfer, and supervision of teachers.
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