Audit of USAID/Afghanistan’s Basic Education Program
Fiscal Year: 2009
Audit Report Available: No
Afghanistan’s educational system has been devastated by more than two decades of war. Many trained teachers and university professors either fled the country or took other jobs. The Ministry of Education estimates a shortage of 44,000 teachers. Considerable progress has been made in the past 5 years, but the quality of education in Afghanistan remains generally low. Fewer than half of all teachers are high school graduates. To improve the quality of basic education, in January 2006 USAID/Afghanistan awarded a 5-year,
$48 million contract to Creative Associates International, Inc., to implement the Building Education Support Systems for Teachers (BESST) project. BESST’s goal is to improve teacher performance and build the Ministry’s capacity in education planning, management, and policymaking. Special emphasis has been placed on developing teacher education curriculums and support programs that promise not only to improve learning outcomes for Afghan children but also to provide the basis on which teaching and learning can be assessed.
By developing national competency standards for teachers and administrators, along with teacher and administrator education systems and curriculums, BESST intends to create the conditions whereby the Ministry can articulate who is qualified to be a credentialed primary school teacher. Integral to this goal and overall capacity building is the establishment of a national Educational Management and Information System.
This audit will (1) determine whether critical activities under USAID/Afghanistan’s Basic Education Program implemented through the BESST project achieved intended results and (2) assess the project’s impact.
Source: Office of Inspector General ANNUAL PLAN FISCAL YEAR 2009
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