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Improving Student Performance in Public Primary Schools in Developing Countries: Evidence from Indonesia

Daniel Suryadarma, Asep Suryahadi, Sudarno Sumarto () and F. Rogers

Education Economics, 2006, vol. 14, issue 4, 401-429

Abstract: This paper investigates the correlates of student performance in mathematics and dictation tests among schoolchildren in Indonesia. This is the first such study to use a new nationally representative sample of Indonesian primary-school students. Our dataset includes unique data on teacher absenteeism collected through direct observation, the first ever in Indonesia. We find that teacher absenteeism is indeed a significantly negative correlate of student performance, while quality of school facilities predicts better performance. We also find a significant non-monotonic concave relationship between the pupil-teacher ratio and student's mathematics performance. Finally, we discuss the policy implications of the results.

Keywords: Achievement; absenteeism; primary school; public school; Indonesia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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