Recruiting, retaining, and retraining secondary school teachers and principals in sub-Saharan Africa

Aidan Mulkeen, David W. Chapman, Joan G. DeJaeghere, Elizabeth Leu

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This working paper is based on country case studies of Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda, and an extensive literature review. In many parts of Africa, the demand for secondary teachers substantially exceeds the supply, due to factors such as secondary teacher attrition, bottlenecks in the teacher preparation system, and perceived unattractive conditions of service. Few countries have strong policies, strategies, and programs for recruiting able secondary school graduates to secondary teaching. The paper suggests several critical and promising areas for improvement in the quality of secondary teachers through new approaches to recruitment; pre-service and in-service teacher development; and improvements in the deployment, utilization, compensation, and conditions of service for teachers. This working pape r has been produced as part of the Secondary Education in Africa (SEIA) initiative of the Africa Human Development Department (AFTHD). SEIA initiatives's main objective is to assist Sub-Saharan Africa countries to better respond to the increasing demand for more and better secondary education. All SEIA products are available on the website:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecruiting, Retaining, and Retraining Secondary School Teachers and Principals in Sub-Saharan Africa
Number of pages75
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameWorld Bank Working Paper
ISSN (Print)1726-5878


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