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Enhancing ICT for Quality Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Simplice Asongu () and Nicholas Odhiambo ()

No 19/007, Research Africa Network Working Papers from Research Africa Network (RAN)

Abstract: This research assesses the relevance of information and communication technology (ICT) in primary education quality in a panel of 49 Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000-2012. The empirical evidence is based on Two Stage Least Squares (2SLS) and Instrumental Quantile regressions (IQR). From the 2SLS: (i) mobile phone and internet penetration rates reduce poor quality education and enhancing internet penetration has a net negative effect of greater magnitude. From the IQR: (i) with the exception of the highest quantile for mobile phone penetration and top quantiles for internet penetration, ICT consistently has a negative effect on poor education quality with a non-monotonic pattern. (ii) Net negative effects are exclusively apparent in the median and top quantiles of internet-related regressions. It follows that enhancing internet penetration will benefit countries with above-median levels of poor education quality while enhancing internet penetration is not immediately relevant to reducing poor education quality in countries with below-median levels of poor education quality.

Keywords: ICT; Primary school education; Development; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F24 F63 L96 O30 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18
Date: 2019-01
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Forthcoming: Education and Information Technologies

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