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This global collection brings a new perspective to the field of comparative education by presenting trust, capacity, and accountability as the three building blocks of education systems and education system reform. In exploring how these three factors relate to student learning outcomes across different international contexts, this book provides a powerful framework for a more equal system.

Drawing upon research and case studies from scholars, policymakers, and experts from international agencies across five continents, this book shows how trust, capacity and accountability interact in ways and with consequences that vary among countries, pointing readers towards understanding potential leverage points for system change.

Trust, Accountability, and Capacity in Education System Reform illuminates how these three concepts are embedded in an institutional context temporally, socially, and institutionally, and offers an analysis that will be of use to researchers, policymakers, and agencies working in comparative education and towards education system reform.

Noma Pakade and Thokozani Chilenga-Butao’s chapter is titled Distrust, Accountability and Capacity in South Africa’s Fragmented Education System.