SACMEQ External Friends
Laura Paviot was a Resident Fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO). She started her career as a teacher in primary and secondary schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a Masters degree in International Development with a specialization in program design and monitoring from La Sorbonne University in France. In 2004 she worked on the implementation of the IIEP International Policy Forum on “Cross-National Studies of the Quality of Education: Planning their Design and Managing their Impact”. She has also worked at the IIEP in the area of education for emergencies and post conflict reconstruction. Prior to joining the IIEP, Mrs Paviot worked in a non-profit organization as Co-ordinator of Educational Projects in association with the Inter American Development Bank.
David Andrich was Dean of Education from 1988-1990 inclusive, and from June 2003 until end May 2005. Research interests include the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in social and educational research; educational, psychological and social measurement, test construction and assessment; intellectual development and the philosophy of social science. He has published articles in psychological, educational, sociological and statistical journals, and is the author of Rasch Models for Measurement, published in Sage's series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences. He has also written State and Federal Government Reports on Tertiary Entrance. Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science.
Kenneth Ross is Professor at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the International Academy of Education. He completed the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne and worked for a decade as a senior researcher in the Survey Section of the Australian Council for Educational Research, and later held the position of Reader in Education at Deakin University. Professor Ross was Technical Project Manager at the International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP), and coordinator of the IIEP programme of cooperation with SACMEQ during 1995-2009. His research interests cover two main fields: quantitative research methods for educational policy research and the use of formula-funding approaches in school finance models. He currently serves as the Chair of the SACMEQ Scientific Committee.
Patrick Griffin is Professor of Educational Assessment at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Australian Assessment Research Centre. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Measurement from Florida State University. He is an internationally recognized specialist in educational evaluation and has published many research reports and articles in this field. His current research interests include language proficiency assessment, industrial literacy, school literacy and numeracy, profile development, and portfolio assessment. Professor Griffin has conducted international educational research projects in the Pacific, Asia, and Europe. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Education.
Stéphanie Dolata is an Assistant Programme Specialist at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO). She has a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Higher Diploma in Statistics from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in France. At the IIEP she has worked on the development and improvement of the IIEPJACK sampling error software and has provided computing support for the 15 countries that are participating in the large-scale educational policy research projects conducted by the Southern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality. Mrs Dolata has also been involved in the delivery of computer-based courses for the IIEP’s Advanced Training Programme in Educational Planning and Management.
Mioko Saito is a Programme Specialist at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO). She completed a Doctorate in the field of Educational Technology from the University of Oklahoma in the USA. She has lectured in university courses associated with instructional design and development, media and technology in teaching, and visual literacy. At the IIEP she is currently involved in training and research programmes concerned with the design and implementation of large-scale educational policy research studies as well as the design of management information systems for educational planning.
Joseph Chimombo worked for the Ministry of Education in the Planning Division as a Research and Evaluation Officer for nine years before joining the Centre for Educational Research and Training (CERT) in 1991. He graduated from the University of Malawi and completed his M.Ed Degree from University of Bristol in 1986 and his doctoral Degree from Sussex University in 1999. He was appointed Director for CERT in October 2000. As an Education Consultant, his work has included policy analysis, capacity building and evaluative studies at various levels. Dr. Chimombo is a former SACMEQ National Research Coordinator. In 2004 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Cooperation in Education of the Hiroshima University in Japan.
Dhurumbeer Kulpoo joined the teaching profession as an Education Officer in the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. He taught mathematics in state secondary schools up to A-Level, and he became Head of a Mathematics Department. He moved to the position of Senior Education Officer and was given responsibility for the establishment of a National Inspectorate in Mauritius. He later held the position of Principal Education Officer for a regional directorate. Mr Kulpoo was National Research Co-ordinator for the SACMEQ I & II Projects, and recently he was appointed to the position of Director of the Policy Analysis, Research, & Statistics Unit.
Ana Passos is a Senior Education Adviser at the National Institute for Educational Development where she is Head of the Teacher Education Department. Her career in education has included positions as a primary school teacher and a curriculum developer. She obtained her Masters Degree in Education from Stockholm University, and in 2009 she completed a PhD in Educational Policy at the University of Pretoria. Her Doctoral thesis employed SACMEQ II Project data to examine the impact of teacher competence on student achievement in Southern and Eastern Africa. She was involved in all aspects of the design and implementation of the SACMEQ II and SACMEQ III Projects, and she co-authored the SACMEQ II National Report for Mozambique.
Frank van Cappelle is a Resident Fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO). He is involved in training and research activities in the area of the monitoring and evaluation of the quality of education. He has developed software tools for improving the accuracy of data from large-scale cross-national studies of the quality of education. He is also undertaking research into the use of visualization software which will enable researchers to more effectively communicate the policy messages associated with educational research data. He holds Master’s degrees in International Development, Cultural Anthropology, and Social Science Informatics from the University of Amsterdam.
Linda Zuze is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Education in Pretoria, South Africa. She obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2008. She also completed a Masters degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2003, which included advanced training in applied statistics at the University of Michigan's Institute of Social Research. She has worked as resident researcher and technical adviser for UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning. Her work involved providing support to African researchers and educational officers who were collecting and analysing data on primary schools. Linda recently completed an assignment as a Co-Principal Investigator for a Spencer Foundation Project that investigated the consequences of "Education for All" initiatives on social inequality in primary schools. This grant was awarded through the University of Michigan’s School of Education.
Servaas van der Berg's interests are focussed on measuring trends in poverty, inequality, and also fiscal expenditure incidence (the distribution of social spending), as well as on policy issues related to dealing with poverty, including social policy generally, social security, and education. He played an important role as a member of the technical team responsible for drawing up the macro-economic strategy that the South African government has pursued over the past decade. His recent work has mainly been within a research programme on Poverty, Affluence and Mobility that addresses trends and policy options for post-apartheid South African economic and social policy. His work on education, much of it within the educational production function tradition, tries to disentangle the impact of school resources, socio-economic status of students and school efficiency on educational outcomes, searching for reasons for the continuing poor outcomes of the largest parts of the school population, and possible policy options.
Aminiel Mrutu is Assistant Director for the Unit of Registration of Schools in the Office of the Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Tanzania. He obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, and a Certificate in Educational Planning and Administration from the International Institute for Educational Planning. For many years he was Assistant to the Chief Education Officer, providing advice on education and training policy and the Education Act. He was involved in all aspects of the SACMEQ II and III Projects, and he was co-author of the SACMEQ II National Report for Tanzania.
Albert Byamugisha obtained a Masters Degree in Statistics from the University of Sheffield, and subsequently served as Head of the Statistical Methods Department in the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics at Makerere University. He is currently Director of the Statistics, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Education and Sports. He was involved in all aspects of the design and implementation of the SACMEQ II and III Projects, and he co-authored the SACMEQ II National Report for Uganda.
Saul Murimba is a former Director of the SACMEQ Co-ordinating Centre (SCC). He holds a Masters Degree in Education Management, and has undergone specialised training in large-scale survey research at the Institute of Survey Research (ISR), University of Michigan. Between 1980 and 1994, he worked for Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Education as a high school teacher, school head and Education Officer responsible for research and evaluation in its Planning Section. He took part in the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education/IIEP study on the quality of education that was conducted in 1991, which subsequently saw the birth of SACMEQ. He was one of the foundation staff members of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). Between 1996 to 2000, he was a project officer with UNICEF Harare Country Office before he joined University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Education Management as a lecturer. His areas of interest are education planning, research in education, education management and HIV/AIDS.