Inside private secondary schools in Malawi: access or exclusion?

Zeitlyn, Benjamin, Lewin, Keith M, Chimombo, Joseph and Meke, Elizabeth (2015) Inside private secondary schools in Malawi: access or exclusion? International Journal of Educational Development, 43. pp. 109-117. ISSN 0738-0593

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In Malawi, net enrolment rates at secondary level are less than 30%. Most children do not complete primary school; others are discouraged by the costs of secondary schooling. Most secondary school students go to government schools, but private schools enrol about 20%. These private schools include a range of prices and quality, but all are unaffordable for those outside the wealthiest quintile. This paper explores 15 lower price private secondary schools. It describes the students in the schools, their teachers, their infrastructure and their business model. We find that while private secondary schools provide access to secondary school for some children who cannot go to government schools, they do not provide sustainable quality secondary education that could be extended to children outside the top quintile of household wealth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Malawi; secondary school; private schools; privatisation; international education; private sector
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Claire Prater
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 01:08

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