Do TV-aided Model Lessons in Class Improve Student Performance in National Examinations? Evidence From Public Primary Schools in Papua New Guinea

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Lack of access to high-quality education remains a serious concern in many developing countries. This is especially the case for rural areas, including islands suffering from a shortage of skilled teachers and sufficient educational equipment. We examine the impact of introducing TV-aided model lessons in class to enhance the quality of teaching (the EQUITV project) on the national examination test scores of Mathematics and “Combined Subject” (a comprehensive subject comprising 30% science and 70% social studies and other topics) as well as English in the final year of primary education in Papua New Guinea. We employ a panel event study to capture the different timings of the intervention across schools over multiple time periods. We find that the project significantly and robustly improved test scores for girls only in English 3 years after the introduction of the project, but no improvement was seen for boys.

Shimizutani Satoshi, TAGUCHI Shimpei, Yamada Hiroyuki
Date of issuance
November 2022
Number of pages
13 page
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Research area
Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
Research project