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Privatization of education: The nickel and dime route to ruin?

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The rhetoric of privatization has come to dominate the education policy talk globally in the last two decades. In many countries of Asia, Africa, and the Latin America, the so-called Low Fees Private Schools (LFPS) are posited as means of achieving universal education in the face of the persistent failure of public school systems. This perception is strengthened by a series of comparative studies of LFPS and public schools which report that, ceteris paribus, the former are far ahead when it comes to demonstrating learning gains. Likewise in many Western countries the hitherto firmly entrenched public provision of education is increasingly challenged by a rhetoric of reforms that inserts the logic of market into efforts to improve performance of schools. Additionally, this logic is also posited as liberating due to the presence of choice. Drawing on historical records of debates about the financing and provision of mass schooling, we argue that the current application of the age old arguments against public sector in the high poverty contexts is dangerously misleading for policy inasmuch as it facilitates disengagement of state from the education of poorer segments of its population, and that the LFPS are unlikely to mitigate the sense of social and economic deprivation in which the clientele they are presumed to serve is already caught up.
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Muzaffar, Irfan. and Sharma, Ajay. "Privatization of education: The nickel and dime route to ruin?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493987_index.html>

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Muzaffar, I. and Sharma, A. , 2011-05-01 "Privatization of education: The nickel and dime route to ruin?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493987_index.html

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Abstract: The rhetoric of privatization has come to dominate the education policy talk globally in the last two decades. In many countries of Asia, Africa, and the Latin America, the so-called Low Fees Private Schools (LFPS) are posited as means of achieving universal education in the face of the persistent failure of public school systems. This perception is strengthened by a series of comparative studies of LFPS and public schools which report that, ceteris paribus, the former are far ahead when it comes to demonstrating learning gains. Likewise in many Western countries the hitherto firmly entrenched public provision of education is increasingly challenged by a rhetoric of reforms that inserts the logic of market into efforts to improve performance of schools. Additionally, this logic is also posited as liberating due to the presence of choice. Drawing on historical records of debates about the financing and provision of mass schooling, we argue that the current application of the age old arguments against public sector in the high poverty contexts is dangerously misleading for policy inasmuch as it facilitates disengagement of state from the education of poorer segments of its population, and that the LFPS are unlikely to mitigate the sense of social and economic deprivation in which the clientele they are presumed to serve is already caught up.


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