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Title:The universality of the distinction between public and private educational sectors: the case of Cameroun
Authors:Clignet, RemiISNI
Haupt, Norman
Periodical:The Conch: A Biafran Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:secondary education
private education
Abstract:Cameroun comprises two regions previously subjected to different types of colonial experience. As such it allows a first evaluation of the universality of the contrasts between public and private elite secondary schools in the case of new nation. The authors examine the differential functions and patterns of access to public and private schools, and the relationship between selectivity and life styles, socioeconomic status, and academic status. They found that the distinction between educational sectors does not necessarily increase with the complexity of overall societal structure for it may emerge as a particular response to the overall scarcity affecting the functioning of educational institutions. In addition, contrasts between educational sectors seem to be functionally specific and to vary in form with the peculiarities of the dependent variable examined. Moreover, far from being mutually exclusive, structural and cultural factors often intervene in conjunction with one another. Notes, ref., tab.