Tanzanian CRT Holds Biannual Stakeholder Meeting
The RISE Tanzania Country Research Team (CRT) convened the biannual meeting of its Stakeholder Reference Group on Friday, 9 March at the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Dar es Salaam. The RISE Tanzania Stakeholder Reference Group is a high-level advisory body that provides guidance and feedback to the CRT on its research programme – and assists in identifying policies and programmes that could benefit from RISE's data-driven approach. The group, which meets biannually, includes representatives from the Government of Tanzania, civil society organisations, researchers, and donor partner organisations active in the education space.
The March 2018 meeting was attended by representatives of key ministries (the Ministry of Science, Education and Technology, President’s Office–Regional, and Local Administration); other government agencies working on education policy and programming; civil society organisations; donor partners; and local academics.
RISE Tanzania CRT members presented on a range of topics central to education systems reform: compliance to and comprehension of the Government of Tanzania’s competence-based curriculum; the impact of publicising school rankings on school performance; the role of teacher incentives and motivation; and the elicitation and results of parental preferences of primary school attributes. The CRT also presented plans for a prospective evaluation of the Education Program for Result’s (EP4R) School Quality Assurance programme.
During an afternoon panel discussion moderated by CRT member and Permanent Secretary of Water and Irrigation Kitila Mkumbo, high-level representatives from the Government of Tanzania offered their reactions to the research findings and suggested policy-relevant questions that RISE could address through ongoing and future research. Throughout the meeting, participants offered constructive feedback to the team on its current research and forward-looking agenda.