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#WDR2018 Reality Check #11: School-Based Management: Questions and Concerns by D. Brent Edwards Jr.

Credits: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

One of the primary avenues highlighted for educational improvement in the World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is school-based management (SBM). This is not surprising, as SBM has been one of the World Bank’s preferred education governance reforms since the 1990s. Indeed, as Dean Nielsen, former Senior Evaluation...

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#WDR2018 Reality Check #9: A Critical Analysis of the World Bank’s World Development Report on Education by Steven J. Klees

Credits: Khasar Sandag / World Bank

The annual World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s flagship publication. The 2018 report is entitled Learning to Realize Education’s Promise. In the 40 year history of the WDR, this is the first time its focus has been on education. Many commentators have welcomed this as needed in this time when education syst...

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#WDR2018 Reality Check #8: "In the Gambia, the positive role of unions in contributing to quality education", by Marie Antoinette Corr

Credits: John Savage (Flickr)

The World Development Report 2018 recognises, although briefly, that poor working conditions for teachers can undermine learning (p.138). It argues that the status of the teaching profession has declined over the last few decades, and that as a result, “teachers deserve more from the systems that employ them” (p.138).

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