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Examining Quality Issues in Primary Schools in Ethiopia: Implications for the Attainment of the Education for All Goals

Fekede Tuli, Massimiliano Fiorucci


The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine the major educational problems that significantly influence the delivery of quality education for citizens and, ultimately, hinder the achievement of the Education for All goals in Ethiopia. Data collected via semi-structured interviews and «Focus Group Discussions» (FGD) from 31 purposely selected information rich participants were analyzed thematically by using verbatim quotes. This explorative study, still at the intial step, identified ineffective school leadership, poor training and low salaries for teachers, limited, often ineffective and problematic professional development opportunities, a focus on quantity rather than quality, a weak economic environment, low participation of parents and commercialization of teacher-training colleges as the major factors threatening the quality of education. The need to improve school leadership, focus on both quality and expansion, provide adequate funds, resolve teaching problems and support teachers, design effective professional development opportunities, and strengthen the parent school partnership are thus the areas identified which require specific action.


Education; Education for all; Ethiopia; Primary School; Quality of education; Educazione; Educazione per tutti; Etiopia; Qualità della formazione; Scuola primaria

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Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (19/05/2010 n. 278)
Online ISSN 2037-7924 - Print ISSN 2037-7932

Research Laboratory on Didactics and Evaluation - Department of Education - "Roma Tre" University

Executive Editor: Gaetano Domenici - Managing  Editor: Valeria Biasci
Editorial Board: Giuditta Alessandrini - Eleftheria Argyropoulou - Massimo Baldacci - Joao Barroso - Richard Bates - Christofer Bezzina - Paolo Bonaiuto - Lucia Boncori - Pietro Boscolo - Sara Bubb  - Carlo Felice Casula - Jean-Émile Charlier - Lucia Chiappetta Cajola - Carmela Covato - Jean-Louis Derouet - Peter Early - Franco Frabboni - Constance Katz - James Levin - Pietro Lucisano  - Roberto Maragliano - Romuald Normand - Michael Osborne - Donatella Palomba - Michele Pellerey - Clotilde Pontecorvo - Vitaly V. Rubtzov - Jaap Scheerens - Noah W. Sobe - Francesco Susi - Giuseppe Spadafora - Pat Thomson
Editorial Staff: Fabio Alivernini - Guido Benvenuto - Anna Maria Ciraci - Massimiliano Fiorucci - Luca Mallia - Massimo Margottini - Giovanni Moretti - Carla Roverselli 
Editorial Secretary:
Nazarena Patrizi