Participation in Educational Decision Making

Promoting the participation of stakeholders in educational decision making processes

Rural children take part in a photovoice project. Credit: Oxfam Vietnam
Paper author: 
Oxfam in Vietnam
Paper publication date: 
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Vietnam has made substantial progress and achieved significant results in education development since Doi Moi reforms. Despite this progress, there is still unequal access to education services between different demographic and social groups. There are documented inequality gaps between females and males, ethnic minorities and the Kinh population, those living in rural and urban areas and the poor and the rich.

Between September and December 2013 Oxfam and IRC Development Research and Consulting Limited Company (IRC Consulting) conducted the research “Stakeholders’ Participation in Educational Making Process” to try and identify answers to the following two questions. 1) “What needs to be done to enhance the effectiveness of public investment in closing the inequality gap in accessing education services?”, and 2) “Is the participation of students, parents and other stakeholders in educational decision making process the solution to closing the inequality gap?”. The research hypothesis was “the realization of stakeholders’ right to participate in educational decisions, could result in more effective resource management, better educational quality and decrease inequalities in accessing quality education services, especially for disadvantaged groups (including ethnic minority, poor and female students)”.