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Policies Affecting Fertility and Contraceptive Use : An Assessment of Twelve Sub-Saharan Countries :  An Assessment of Twelve Sub-Saharan Countries - Susan Scribner

Policies Affecting Fertility and Contraceptive Use : An Assessment of Twelve Sub-Saharan Countries

An Assessment of Twelve Sub-Saharan Countries

Paperback Published: 1995
ISBN: 9780821329948
Number Of Pages: 82

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World Bank Technical Paper No. 272. Public examinations in developing countries play a critical role in the selection of students for participation in the educational system. The exams dictate what is taught, how it is taught, and what is and is not learned. They are academic, have little reference to the everyday lives of the students, are limited to pencil-and-paper tests, and are biased toward high-achievers. Thus, students who leave school at an early stage are provided with inadequate opportunities for acquiring relevant knowledge and skills. This study identifies practices associated with examinations that may create inequities for some students. These include scoring procedures, the use of culturally inappropriate questions, fee requirements, private tutoring, exams in a language unfamiliar to the student, and a variety of malpractices. Quota systems that deal with differences in performance associated with location, ethnicity, or language group membership also creates inequities for some students. The report concludes that the limited available evidence does not indicate that examinations create inequities between genders and that ranking schools on the basis of students' examination performance may not provide a fair assessment of the work of schools.

ISBN: 9780821329948
ISBN-10: 0821329944
Series: World Bank Discussion Paper : Book 259
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 82
Published: 1995
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 21.6  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.25

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