An assessment of Usaid/Aed contributions to Promote quality of primary education In Addis Ababa City administration

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Addis Ababa Univerisity


7l1e purpose of this study was to assess the contributions made by USAfDIAED to promote quality of primary education in Addis Ababa City Administration. To conduct the study. descriptive survey method was employed assuming that it helps to gather a large variety of data related to the problem under consideration. The samples covered two woreda cluster resource centers and f I schools clusters. principals of cluster schools. supervisors. teachers. KETB members. City Administration and sub-City education officials and USAiDIEQUfP jj stafJmembers. The samples were selected using purposive sampling methods. The instrument used to collect data Fom education officials. cluster school principals. supervisors and teachers was questionnaire. interview was used to collect information to supplement the questionnaire Fom City Administration Education Bureau and sub-City education officials. and project coordinators at National and City levels. Semi structured focus group discussion was also held with purposefiLily selected supervisors. teachers and PTAs. Moreover. a jield observation using checklist was carried in the sample schools and document analysis was also done. The primary data analysis was carried employing percentile statistical techniques. 77,e study revealed that USAfDIAED contribution to enhance quality of primary education using Cluster System approach was significant. To realize its objective USAiDIAED has conducted various trainings that focus in developing teachers' professional competency. The inservice teacher development program has introduced Active learninglstudent centered teaching method and continuous assessment methodology in the schools. Pedagogical support and supervision capacity has been strengthened at Woreda Cluster and School Cluster level. USAIDIAED has also contributed in enhancing the capacity of leadership and management of education to significant level. The trainings conducted In use of various planning tools (PMfS. MiS and Projection Model) for strategic planning have enhanced the capacity of education personnel to plan for quality education. 77,e study also found that the implementation of the project has limitations. The trainings provided were single shot trainings and there was no/allow-up support to principals. supervisors. teachers or education personnel who were trained by the project. There was also high turnover o.feducational personnel which became obstacle to implement properly the skill and knowledge of training. The jinancial support provided by the project to cluster schools to run trainings was insignificant in relation to the duties and responsibilities given to cluster schools. The study recommended that USAIDIAED and City Administration Education Bureau must take remedial measures to jill the gap and sustain the programs implemented by the project. The good practices of strengthening the capacity of teaching force should be scaled up and included in City Administration Teacher Development and School Improvement Programs ofCEQIP