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Developing Post-Primary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing the Financial Sustainability of Alternative Pathways

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Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have made substantial progress in universalizing primary school completion. Many young Africans are completing primary schooling, and many more will do so in the coming years. The pressure already strong to expand secondary and tertiary education is expected to intensify. Finding a sustainable path for such expansion is a challenge for all countries in the region.Given the diversity across African countries, 'Developing Post-Primary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing the Financial Sustainability of Alternative Pathways' offers no generic policy fix. Rather, it seeks to provide policy makers and their development partners with an analytical tool to inform discussion and debate about alternative options in light of country circumstances. It presents simulation scenarios that serve an illustrative function to draw attention to the implications of such options as raising the share of education in the national budget, reforming the service delivery arrangements to manage costs, diversifying the student flow beyond lower secondary education, and enlarging the role of private funding, particularly in post-primary education. The study captures the nature of the policy choices by presenting alternative packages of policies and using them to clarify the affordability of what the authors characterize as spartan and generous choices. One of the study 's most valuable contributions is the flexibility of the simulation model, which can be used to adapt the package of policies to national contexts.'Developing Post-Primary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing the Financial Sustainability of Alternative Pathways', which contains detailed annexes with results for 33 low-income countries, will be of interest to national education policy makers and development partners, as well as education researchers and education consultants.

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From the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, this volume for policy makers and their development partners, as well as education researchers and consultants, provides an analytical tool to inform discussion and debate about alternative options in developing post-primary education in Sub-Saharan Africa, which has made progress in universalizing primary education but needs expansion in secondary and tertiary education. Mingat (IREDU-CNRS and the U. of Bourgogne, France) and a group of researchers in these agencies present the findings of their study, which constructed an education simulation model for 33 low-income Sub-Saharan African countries, to simulate the financial implications of alternative policy choices and address questions about the amount of domestic resources countries can mobilize for education, the amount foreign aid donor nations can contribute, what acceptable levels of dependency on external aid are, and what reforms in education sector policies are needed, in terms of level and type of education and service delivery, with a focus on the policy parameters of enrollments, cost drivers, and financing arrangements. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The study seeks to provide African policy makers and their development partners a factual basis for developing a mutual understanding of the nature of the challenge and its implications for alternative options for expanding opportunities in post-primary education.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821381830
Author:
Mingat, Alain
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Author:
Rakotomalala, Ramahatra
Author:
LeDoux, Blandine
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
Sustainable development -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Subject:
Education, Secondary - Economic aspects -
Subject:
Education-General
Series:
Africa Human Development
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.90x6.90x.60 in. 1.05 lbs.

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