Case Study

Moving teachers to Malawi’s remote communities: A data-driven approach to teacher deployment

This case study was collected as part of Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) Event Series to share compelling examples of programs and practices that positively influence improvements in teachers’ work conditions and teaching practice.  For more case studies, click here.


Until recently, data on the whereabouts of teachers was fragmented and inconsistent between government agencies. As a result, teacher allocation policies have been broad, malleable, and inconsistently enforced. Working with central- and district-level officials, a team at the World Bank developed the first up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive database of all Malawi’s primary school teachers and their current school postings. They then identified and analyzed the driving factors behind pupil-teacher ration variation.