Primary Education; Children and Youth; Early Childhood Development; Education For All; Street Children
Europe and Central Asia
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Summary: The present report was prepared to support the authorities in the Kyrgyz Republic in better understanding the reasons for the unsatisfactory performance of Kyrgyz students in the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) round (last place of 57 participating economies), despite significant resources and efforts invested in education by schools, parents and government. The report reveals that a number of policy areas are in need of attention, such as curriculum, textbooks, teaching materials, modes of pupil assessment, teacher education, governance and funding arrangements, data, higher education and vocational and education and training. To achieve major educational reform in any country has been shown to be a complex and time-consuming process, involving sophisticated policy, good resources, competent leadership and time. The present report finds that to date, there has been a gap between policy aspirations and the achievement of major reform in the Kyrgyz Republic.
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