• Private schools in slums in Africa and Asia generate learning outcomes on a par with public schools at far lower cost and with fewer facilities.
  • In South Africa, there is a growing number of independent low-fee schools servicing poor learners in informal settlements, inner cities, former townships, and remote rural areas. More than 400 000 learners, 70% of whom are black, are educated in 1 900 registered private schools and in an unknown number of unregistered private schools.
  • 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.
  • That view, however, ignores the crucial role that private education can play, and is already playing, in meeting the educational needs of the poor.
  • Many parents prefer private schools in slums to local public schools because of the underperformance, impoverished learning and teach­ing culture, and shoddy management at many public schools.
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