Between the 4th and the 6th of November, the Romanian Academic Society is organizing, in Budapest, the first workshop for the project “Systems of ensuring quality in primary education in South-Eastern Europe: What works in our region?” Being part of the global research project: “Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery” developed by Global Development Network, the Romanian Academic Society is coordinating a regional team of nine National Experts.
These experts will meet in Budapest at the end of this week to decide the project methodology. They will analyze together, in a comparative environment and using common criteria, how systems of ensuring quality in primary education (grades 1-8) are organized and how they work. The countries included in this project are from Eastern and Southern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia). For this project, the Romanian Academic Society and the National Experts have developed their own research, inspired by the newest information available at the World Bank, on the performance of quality ensuring systems in education and the latest theories in Governance. As a starting point, the project focuses on the idea that educational systems in this region, even though providing access to information through mass growing literacy rate, are profoundly suffering from a continuous drop in quality. This has been proved by the weak results obtained by students at the international standardized tests (PISA, TIMMS). These results situate the South-Eastern region at the end of the global index. In the Global Development Report from 2004 “Making services work for the poor“, the World Bank concluded that the problem of low quality services is not caused by funding opportunities, but mainly by institutional arrangements and other Governance problems. In this context, the research project “Systems of ensuring quality in primary education in South-Eastern Europe: What works in our region?” gives answers to some questions such as:
- To what extent are the quality insurance systems from the primary and secondary education in the seven countries offering adequate standards of quality? If not, what is the cause and how can we solve this deficit?
- What are the responsibility and accountability relations between institutional actors within the given system and which of these factors is dysfunctional, leading to a poor quality of the education systems?
- How can we transform the governance of ensuring quality in primary education systems, in order to maintain quality for all social and economic categories, including the less advantaged ones?
The project will be developed between June 2011 – December 2012 and it will be financed by the Open Society Institute with a budget of $68.500.
For further details, please feel free to contact Corina Murafa, Team leader (corina[dot]murafa[at]sar.org.ro).