Aid spent on private schools doesn’t reach world’s poorest children, MPs say
There is a lack of evidence to support spending aid money on private education providers, said MPs on the international development committee (IDC).
In its report, the committee cited concerns that private schools are not accessible to the poorest and most marginalised children. More research is needed to determine the role of private schools in widening access to education, it said.
The committee also warned education had been sidelined in the UK’s overall aid spending.
The report, which is released as the Department for International Development (DfID) reviews its education projects, said the amount of aid money dedicated to schooling has fallen over recent years. In 2011, 10% of DfID’s spending went on education projects, but this had fallen to 7% by 2015. MPs call for a “significant increase” in the amount invested on education, especially early years projects.
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