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School or Madrassa: Parents' choice and the failure of state-run education in Pakistan

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My research seeks to explain the relationship between parents’ perceptions of public primary education and their decisions to send their children to madrassas in Pakistan. I employ a mixed-methods design to collect data in Quetta and Pishin districts in Balochistan Province. Using surveys and semi-structured interviews, I examine: a) parents’ perceptions of public schools and madrassas, and factors that influence their decisions to choose alternative educational options; b) teachers’ perceptions of the organizational context of which they are part; and c) key officials’ perceptions of the performance of public schools and madrassas. Parent surveys also explore the role of religion and parents’ socioeconomic backgrounds in making educational choices for their children. In addition, I measure variations in student performance between madrassas and public schools and within sector. Understanding the association of the performance of public education and madrassas and the perceptions of parents is critical to learning how parents make educational decisions for their children. A more nuanced understanding of parents’ perceptions of educational options and the factors—cognitive, moral, or structural—that influence the educational decisions parents make for their children can guide policy toward appropriate public education reforms. Findings are forthcoming.

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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Khan, Jehanzaib. "School or Madrassa: Parents' choice and the failure of state-run education in Pakistan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492813_index.html>

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Khan, J. "School or Madrassa: Parents' choice and the failure of state-run education in Pakistan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492813_index.html

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Abstract: My research seeks to explain the relationship between parents’ perceptions of public primary education and their decisions to send their children to madrassas in Pakistan. I employ a mixed-methods design to collect data in Quetta and Pishin districts in Balochistan Province. Using surveys and semi-structured interviews, I examine: a) parents’ perceptions of public schools and madrassas, and factors that influence their decisions to choose alternative educational options; b) teachers’ perceptions of the organizational context of which they are part; and c) key officials’ perceptions of the performance of public schools and madrassas. Parent surveys also explore the role of religion and parents’ socioeconomic backgrounds in making educational choices for their children. In addition, I measure variations in student performance between madrassas and public schools and within sector. Understanding the association of the performance of public education and madrassas and the perceptions of parents is critical to learning how parents make educational decisions for their children. A more nuanced understanding of parents’ perceptions of educational options and the factors—cognitive, moral, or structural—that influence the educational decisions parents make for their children can guide policy toward appropriate public education reforms. Findings are forthcoming.


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