KIAT Guru pilot aims to improve education service delivery in remote villages. It empowers communities to hold teachers accountable by agreeing to prioritize between five to eight bottom-up service indicators to improve student learning environment. In some pilot schools, the community empowerment is combined with pay for performance of a part of teacher's income, based on either User Committee's verification of teacher presence, or User Committee's score on teacher service performance.
In SD Golo Popa, the User Committee announce teachers' performance scores in a meeting attended by the representatives from Ministry of Education and Culture, the sub-district education department, the village government staff, school staff and community members. Comprised of nine members, six of them parents of students and three of them community leaders, the User Committee members are elected by the parents and community members. The User Committee in Golo Popa consists of five females, and led by one.
After only three months of community facilitation process, the User Committee could already hold the principal and teachers accountable to the service indicators that they had agreed to. It may take longer for other communities to achieve similar level of social accountability, but Golo Popa shows that it is definitely possible!