Planning post-primary education: Taking targets to task

Lewin, Keith M (2005) Planning post-primary education: Taking targets to task. International Journal of Educational Development, 25 (4). pp. 408-422. ISSN 0738-0593

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have shaped much educational target setting by governments and their development partners to the extent that they have focused on just two of the commitments¿universal enrolment and completion of primary schooling, and gender equality in primary and secondary school access and achievement. A consequence is that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have yet to develop coherent plans for the post-primary sub-sector. Yet without expanded access beyond primary it is unlikely that the MDGs will be achieved. Privileging investment in the enrolment and completion of the last primary child over-investment at post-primary levels may satisfy a rights-based approach to development; it may not be the best strategy to sustain gains in access to educational services or to alleviate poverty through redistribution or growth. Skews in investment unfavourable to post-primary are partly the result of target setting that has been narrowly interpreted and which depends on assumptions that become questionable on close analysis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Education; Planning; Targets; Post-primary education; Developing countries; Conditionality; Secondary education; Millennium development goals
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Keith Lewin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:02
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 14:31
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