Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Private Schools in the Poorest Countries

by James Tooley

I have found private schools in battle-scarred buildings in Somaliland and Sierra Leone; in the shanty town of Makoko built on stilts above the Lagos lagoons in Nigeria; scattered among the tin and cardboard huts of Africa’s largest slum, Kibera, Kenya; in the teeming townships perched on the shoreline of Accra, Ghana; in slums and villages across India; among the “floating population” in Beijing; and in remote Himalayan villages in China. Indeed, I have yet to find a developing country environment where private schools for the poor don’t exist.


It seems to me that parents in the slums and villages may be less sanguine and more impatient. Parents may not feel they have any impact on distant or corrupt political processes. They may not believe in any case that politicians can or will effect solutions to their problems. Their only realistic alternative might be to ...

I would say, parents in poor area are desperate to find themselves a way out of the poverty - educate your children! When they see that the state system does not provide an adequate mean to achieve the goal, they have no choice but to send their kids to the education they can barely afford. BTW, according to the report, private education in the poor area are not necessarily more expensive than its state counterpart AND private schools are run as a profitable business.

Something very wrong is in the public system, if the report is right!

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