• Recent studies in the worst slums in Africa and Asia indicate that private schools generate learning outcomes on a par with public schools at far lower cost and with fewer facilities.
  • Parents prefer these neighbourhood private schools over local public schools because of the latter’s underperformance, impoverished learning and teach­ing culture and shoddy management.
  • In March 2005, CDE invited three of the international experts responsible for these global studies to address public and private sector stakeholders in South African education on aspects of their findings.
  • This publication records their inputs, and develops a number of themes based on them and the subsequent discussions.
  • Many people argue that the only way for children in poor countries to receive a basic education is through larger education budgets, or more international aid for public schools
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