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Feeding Ghana’s Future: Navigating Challenges for Sustainable School Feeding in Ghana
August 15, 2023
Everyone agrees that Ghana's school feeding programme is an important and useful social programme…but insufficient and poor quality food is compromising its impacts; government financing remains a challenge; and it lacks lacks broader support and accountability mechanisms. The programme has huge pot...
Sierra Leone Has Made a Big Bet on Free Education for Poor Children—So Long as They Can Pass the Exams
August 26, 2022
It’s precisely four years since Sierra Leone kicked off one of the most ambitious schooling expansions on record. Today, fee-free and ‘Radical Inclusion’ policies support marginalized groups, including pregnant girls and the poorest children, to participate in school. But could high stakes exams be ...
What Happened to Dropout Rates after COVID-19 School Closures in Ghana?
July 06, 2021
Like most countries across the world, Ghana closed schools for long stretches of 2020. In this blog, we present findings from a nationally representative household survey carried out in March 2021 on the effects of the pandemic on education in the country.
Can Ghana Maintain School Quality After Abolishing Secondary School Fees? We May Never Know.
May 12, 2021
Each year over two million secondary-school students across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia sit coordinated tests known as the WASSCE. In a new CGD working paper, undertaken by researchers from CGD and IEPA-Ghana, we look at English and maths papers in West Africa’s leading high...
Do High-Stakes Exams Promote Consistent Educational Standards?
May 12, 2021
Each year over two million secondary-school students across English-speaking West Africa sit coordinated exams, with the explicit goal of maintaining consistent educational standards across schools and over time. We find that scores across math items drawn from different exam years—when taken by an ...
PREPARE to Succeed: A Research Consortium on Progress and Resilience in Education
May 06, 2021
CGD’s education program is launching the Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE), a consortium of research institutions who will work together to produce rigorous evidence on the most important education challenges posed by COVID-19. In this blog, PREPARE partners ...
COVID-19 Has Forced Exams To Be Suspended Across West Africa. Should They Be Overhauled Before They Restart?
March 20, 2020
Earlier today the West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations were suspended due to the threat of COVID-19. The cancellation does provide an opportunity to take a closer look at the exams and make sure that—when students do return—they will face a fair test.