A quarter of African children to be privately educated by 2021

Monday, May 8, 2017

The study comes amid heated debate about the proliferation of private schools across the continent, especially for-profit, fee-charging companies that critics argue exclude the poorest and should not replace the state.

According to Caerus, one in five children in Africa – or 41 million youngsters – are already enrolled in private schools. In the next five years, it expects another 25 million, from a variety of backgrounds, to join them.

Its report said many private schools, many of which bill themselves as low-cost, serve the continent’s poor population.

Source: Public Finance International (link opens in a new window)

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