Cross-national research on secondary education

This webpage is part of a project titled, Improving access and retention in secondary education in PSIPSE countries: What can we learn from existing large-scale resources?

This project was funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education donor collaborative.

We use the Demographic and Health Survey data for this analysis of secondary education in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Through this work we investigated the profiles of those who do and don’t attend secondary education and discuss their personal, home, and community attributes. We also examine how the attainment of secondary education is associated with a series of adulthood outcomes such as sense of agency, awareness of health conditions, labor market participation.

We provide here an overview of some of the key observations and findings emerging from this work.

The analysis presented here is not causal. We present associations between variables. The consistent patterns and an overall understanding of the context may hint at the underlying causal mechanisms but the work as it stands is not adequate to support any firm cause-and-effect assertion.

We welcome your comments and feedback on this work.

Project media  

Here are examples of visual media produced for this project.

India Infographic posters

Kenya Infographic posters

Nigeria Infographic posters

Tanzania Infographic posters

Uganda Infographic posters


Factors Associated with Secondary Education in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda

Secondary Education and Select Adulthood Outcomes in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda

Project team and acknowledgements  

Project team consisted of Dr. Amita Chudgar, Pablo Bezem, Young Ran Kim, Alyssa Morley, and Jutaro Sakamoto at Michigan State University’s Education Policy Program.

We are grateful to the administrative staff at Michigan State University for supporting the various logistical needs of this project.

We would like to acknowledge graduate students Ting Shen, Muzna Alvi and Pauline Wambua at Michigan State University for their contributions to specific aspects of this work.

We benefitted from a series of conversations with an expert group of scholars including,  Dr. Suman Bhattacharjea, Dr. Monica Grant, Dr. Nancy Kendall, Dr. Shirley Miske, Dr. Moses Ngware, Dr. Thomas Pullum and Dr. Vimala Ramachandran.

We are grateful to Dr. Kristen Molyneaux and her colleagues at the MacArthur Foundation and Dr. Clemencia Cosentino and her colleagues at Mathematica for their helpful inputs.

We thank the panel participants at CIES 2016, where we presented some of the early work on this project, for their input.

We alone are responsible for any errors in this work.