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Title:Education in sub-Saharan Africa: the World Bank Report as a research project
Author:King, K.J.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:educational policy
Education and state
World Bank
Abstract:This article considers the adequacy of the research base underlying recommendations in the World Bank Report 'Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policies for Adjustment, Revitalization, and Expansion' (1988), and the context within which this project was undertaken. It argues that the Report must be viewed in the broader context of the Bank's macroeconomic structural adjustment policies and considers the extent to which several of the Report's major policy recommendations are prefigured in the Bank's Initiating Briefing of 1985. Overall, the effort is to be complimented for the breadth of the study, the openness of its presentation, and its ability to question positions that the Bank had espoused in the past. In some areas, notably recommendations regarding the impact of books and distance education materials, the research base presented seems insufficient. The study is also faulted for the limited use of African scholars. Finally, the article considers the extent to which events in the continent may be outpacing the research project. Note.