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Making Quality Education Accessible in Pakistan: A Social Accountability Perspective
By: SDPI

Partner: DFID through DAI
Duration: February 2013 to November 2014
Locale: Khanewal and Vehari

Team Members: Dr Vaqar Ahmad, Fayyaz Yaseen, Afsheen Naz, Dr. Shehryar  Khan, Abiha Haider, Muhammad Sohaib
Introduction:

The study aims to improve the state of education through the concept of social accountability. The idea of social accountability is associated with demand side accountability, i.e. local communities holding state offices are accountable for their actions and decisions. It is a good tool to improve educational outcome. Social accountability is useful in reducing principle-agents’ problems in public sector organizations.

Objectives:

  • To address issues of enrollment and dropouts through participatory school governance in Khanewal and Vehari districts
  • To understand administrative and social problems in primary and secondary education
  • To reduce gender gaps in access to education through citizens’ engagement
  • To bridge gaps in policy formulation and implementation
  • To improve administrative decision-making in hierarchical accountability structure

Activities:

  • Primary data collection through (FGD & interviews and informal meetings with local communities and government officials)
  • Constituting accountability committees and improving inter and intra administrative
    coordination and decision-making

Findings:

  • Preliminary findings show inadequate strength of teachers, drop-out and problems of access. Moreover, the centralized decision-making and the non-involvement of communities in planning and implementation of education initiatives are serious flaws in the existing system of education.

Field Team

Social Mobilizer Khanewal : Zeeshan Ali Khan

Social Mobilizer Khanewal: Razia Banu

Social Mobilizer Vehari: Mohammad Zafar

Social Mobilizer: Sadia Shakoor