The U.K. Department for International Development has succeeded in improving enrolment rates in developing countries but failed in creating greater impact on raising attainment levels, according to a report released by the country’s National Audit Office.
The report revealed that since 2001, DfID has helped 22 countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goal on universal primary education and gender equality in schools. It, however, noted no substantial impact on the quality of education, reduction of dropout rates, or teachers’ pay levels, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian.
NAO suggested that DfID’s aid be better targeted on student attendance, school performance and teachers’ salary, among others.
The findings of the report were released at the height of U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell’s order to review DfID’s spending to promote value for money.