May 8

A quarter of African children to be privately educated by 2021

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)

education, poverty alleviation