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Title:School fees and access to primary education: assessing four decades of policy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Isan, Talan B.
Rosenblum, DanielISNI
Tinker, Katie
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 1464-3723)
Volume:24
Issue:4
Pages:559-592
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya
Malawi
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Subjects:education fees
access to education
primary education
educational policy
Link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/4/559.abstract
Abstract:In this article, the authors examine the relationship between primary school fees and education quality and access over the past forty years in seven sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia). School fees were introduced as a means for revenue-constrained governments to fund the improvement and expansion of primary education. Recently there has been a move towards their abolition. They find that the introduction of fees decreased primary school enrolment, without achieving significant quality improvements. They also discuss the impact on quality of the major increases in enrolment following the abolition of school fees and identify the government funding shortfall amplified by this policy change. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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