In most developing countries, education policies and quality frameworks are well-defined, but implementation remains a big challenge. In Uganda, only three out of ten children who start the first year of primary, reach the final year (P7). At completion of their school career, more than half of the children do not have the basic proficiencies in reading, maths and even writing. Schools management and teaching staff lack insight into crucial areas of improvement to be able to monitor and strengthen educational performance. In addition, school inspectors have limited time and resources to visit schools and are lacking practical analytical tools to identify the right priority areas of improvement and provide guidance to the schools. Finally, communities and care givers have insufficient voice in school matters and quality issues concerning the education of their children.
The EDU Q-card is an online tool that enables schools to (self)assess their performance in a modelled way. The innovation is based on the Edukans STAR-school model and educational quality improvement that comprises five domains of education quality, each domain carries eight key indicators. The assessment procedure is carried out interactively, continuously involving parents and community. This results in meaningful, actionable and realistic school improvement plans that are carried out with focus and commitment.
1)Head teachers and deputies are able to implement School Improvement Plans (SIPs) to improve learning outcomes for 80,000 learners.
2)Core Primary Teacher Colleges (CPTC’s) empowered to provide school outreaches through enhanced centre coordinating tutors (CCT’s). Teachers trained and showing improved performance.
3)District Education Offices empowered through training of inspectors of schools on using the digital EDU Q-card tool.
4)Schools show better and lasting performance on key indicators as measured by Edukans ‘Teaching with Impact’ (TWI) observation & feedback tools and research.
5)Lessons learned on empowerment of head teachers for continuous quality improvement.