Knowledge Note

Haiti has made substantial improvements in educational access over the last decade and 90 percent of children of primary school age now are enrolled in school. The availability of new technologies, such as smartphones, offers new routes for monitoring teacher absenteeism and for improving communication between schools and central authorities. This will help ensure that children are receiving a quality education. Inspections don't occur regularly due to poor roads, inspectors not having a car or enough gas. Each inspector is responsible for monitoring about 35 schools, which makes it difficult to visit all of them on a regular basis. A World Bank-led team worked with the government to develop a pilot to test whether technology could improve monitoring by allowing for "virtual" inspections.

About the Presenters

Laura Burke