Education Analytics Service
Educational policy, Lao, Policy formation, Primary education curriculum, Inservice teacher education, Literacy, Student absenteeism, School community relationship
The Australian Government is supporting significant education reforms in Lao PDR. This policy note summarises baseline findings on primary school teacher practice and student learning outcomes, at a point just prior to major curriculum changes. Key findings include the need for intensive action on Lao language literacy, targeted teacher training on the new curriculum with a special emphasis on second language learners, and deepened engagement with school communities to reduce student absenteeism and improve student readiness for school. Part of a multi-year study series, the Education Analytics Service is investigating how the Basic Education Quality and Access in Laos program (BEQUAL) is making a difference to the Government of Laos’ ongoing primary education reforms. The study series was commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to investigate teacher and learning development initiatives in three countries: Lao PDR, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.
Wong, Debbie and Hollingsworth, Hilary, "Lao PDR: Policy insights from a multi-year teaching and learning study series" (2021).
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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Laos, Southeast Asia
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