The second in the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report series will investigate, analyse and propose concrete recommendations related to accountability in education. The organization is inviting educators worldwide to share their views on this note, including suggestions on relevant literature, data analysis and case studies via an online consultation that is now open until the 11th of April. A full concept note describing how the GEM will go about addressing the issue is now available.
New challenges in a new global setting
With a new ambitious global education goal, tight budgets and a focus on ensuring the marginalized are not left behind, countries are under pressure to provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably. These pressures exist because of the persistent underperformance of education systems in light of global challenges, and because of the growing evidence about the influence of good quality education on individual and collective well-being. In addition, education constitutes a major budgetary expenditure in most countries; proper accounting of how these public funds are (mis)used has become a high priority.
The vast scope of accountability
Accountability involves multiple actors including, for example, legislatures, education and finance ministries, donor agencies, inspectorates, public and private providers of formal and non-formal education, teachers and educators, school principals, professional organizations, parents and local communities, and the learners themselves. Accountability relationships thus permeate much of the day to day activities of all education institutions as well as the rules and procedures governing their existence.