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Title:Education policies and economic development in Zimbabwe
Author:Pakkiri, Logan
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:economic development
educational policy
Education and state
Abstract:Since independence in 1980 there has been a massive expansion at all levels of the education system in Zimbabwe. Although the country has an outstanding record of cost sharing in education, the State's recurrent expenditure for the sector has been increasing. This paper traces the relation between the rapid expansion of the education system and economic development in Zimbabwe. The first section analyses the development of the education sector since independence. Apart from equity considerations Zimbabwe's educational expansion is found to be closely related to the State's economic objectives and this linkage is then explored in the analysis of the manufacturing and especially the agricultural sector that follows. In the relatively more open conditions of the postindependence period Zimbabwe has experienced growth followed by economic stagnation and is now facing a debt-burden which is widely regarded to be the result of policies adopted by the developed countries. The final section explores the World Bank/IMF policy prescriptions for Zimbabwe and concludes with an analysis of the relation between Zimbabwe's educational expansion and the structural transformation of the productive sectors of the economy. Bibliogr., sum.