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The Right to Quality Education: How Use of Time and the Language of Instruction Impact the Rights of Students

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Research conducted by the USAID-funded Education Quality Improvement Program looks at time loss in schools across five countries and finds that the equivalent of more than 50% of the school year is lost as a result of opening late, closing early, teacher and student absenteeism, and time off task. The paper quantifies time loss and its impact on students’ ability to read, demonstrates the resource loss that occurs as a result of each measured component of time loss. Modeling results demonstrate that improvements in time use may be associated with increases of 10% or more in children’s reading fluency.
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Keywords: education quality; language of instruction; rights-based education; time on task

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2012

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