The Effect of School Feeding and School Input Supply (SFSIS) Intervention on Enrollment, Absenteeism, and Test Score in Lideta Sub-city, Addis Ababa

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This research aimed to assess the effect of the School Feeding and School Input Supply (SFSIS) Program on enrollment, attendance and test score of primary public-school children in Lideta sub-city. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches were employed to investigate the research questions. One hundred thirty-four school children in grades 2 to 8 participated in the research. School rosters and attendance register documents were sources of quantitative data. Qualitative data was collected using Focus Group Discussion (FGD), Key Informant Interview (KII), and direct school observations. The study applied trend analysis to investigate the changes in enrollment before and after implementing SFSIS Program. Statistical tests, one-group pretest-posttest design was used to measure the differences in attendance rates and mean test scores before and after the program's implementation. The study's main finding is that the positive effect of the SFSIS Program on learning achievement and attendance rate was not significant. The trend analysis on enrollment showed a general decline that continued during the study period due to other confounding factors. The program's effect on academic test score was heterogeneous when schools disaggregated the samples under the study. In the end, the study recommends that schools and educational administration bodies make a proactive effort to increase enrollment by bringing out of school children into schools by advocating the benefits of the SFSIS program. Moreover, SFSIS implementers, with the help of educational planners, should set up a more effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism to provide all the SFSIS program components.



Enrollment; School Feeding Program; Academic achievement; Attendance rate; School Input Supply; School Uniforms; Lideta Sub-city