Private Schools in Developing Countries

by Developed Africa 9. July 2014 09:00

The Department for International Development has been taking a look at the impact of Private schools in developing nations. 

Dr Laura Day Ashley, who worked on the review into private schools.

As Dr Ashley mentions in the video above, the finding with the strongest evidence was that:

Teaching is better in private schools than in state schools, in terms of higher levels of teacher presence and teaching activity as well as teaching approaches that are more likely to lead to improved learning outcomes."

However, they found evidence to show that private school teachers are often paid less, have less job security, and are less well qualified, which the researchers feels translates into putting in more effort and working harder in order to maintain their jobs. Such an assumption needs to be investigated further, especially in order to discover the working conditions of these teachers.

Moving towards the difference between learning outcomes in private and public schools it was found under moderate strength evidence that private school children were achieving higher standards of learning than those in government run schools. But again, there is a need to explain the context of these findings, as this piece of evidence did not differentiate between children's home lives and backgrounds which play important roles in how well they learn.

The conclusion of the review does not allow to make definitive policy recommendations, but instead it has managed to highlight knowledge gaps that should be investigated further, as well as cause for concern over private school provision in developing nations.

To read the review in full, click here.

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