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LESSONS:

Bangladesh: Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project

sector: Education | country: Bangladesh

The project completion report (PCR) listed four lessons from project implementation although they do not appear to be consistent with the main text narrative. For example, the in-service training provided for all secondary teachers was assessed as very effective even though it was designed as a one- time, short-duration training activity. The PCR acknowledged that the major problem for secondary education in Bangladesh was that secondary school teachers, especially in nongovernment secondary schools, had relatively weak academic and teacher-training backgrounds, which was a rationale for the project to be designed and implemented.

On the positive side, cost-effective, cluster-based local training using indigenous training materials was economical and better value for money. More value is derived from short study tours that allow senior teachers and administrators to see how other systems set and regulate teaching standards, and provide recognition to those teachers who meet those standards.

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