Affordability of Private Schools: Exploration of a Conundrum and Towards a Definition of ‘Low-Cost’

25 min read ABSTRACT The affordability of private education is a contentious issue. While the extent of ‘low-cost’ private schooling is widely accepted, there is no agreement on what ‘low-cost’ means in this context and how this relates to affordability for poor families. This paper addresses the lacuna in the literature by defining ‘low-cost’ in relation to what…

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A Lesson in Bias

3 min read What’s wrong with low-cost education in poor countries? Quite a lot, you might think, if you read a new report from the Department for International Development. Low-cost private schools serve around 70 percent of children in poor urban areas and nearly a third of rural children too. But the issue raises controversy among academics and…

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