Improving education outcomes was a major commitment for our state client in Nigeria, which had recently made significant investments in improving physical resources in the education sector. But despite construction and renovation of school infrastructure and facilities, challenges with human resources remained a hurdle to improving education. One key hurdle identified by the state was the high incidence of absenteeism among teachers in primary and secondary schools.
After a series of punitive measures had failed to address the issue, the World Bank, in collaboration with the state government, engaged Reboot to explore the causes of the issue. The goal was to gain a more nuanced understanding of the roots of teacher absenteeism, as well as to develop a set of policy and programmatic recommendations that might improve the situation. The government was also particularly interested in ways that digital technologies could be used to address the issue.