Privatisation is a big threat to quality of learning in Kenya

Pupils of Nginya'ng Primary School in Tiaty- sub county during lessons on January 6, 2016. It is falsely argued that privatisation provides choices to parents and guardians, makes schools more responsive, and produces greater cost efficiencies and even better quality education. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN |

What you need to know:

  • Discussions have shifted from education as a public good and the platform for this debate has been staged by what has become known as the corporate education reform movement.
  • It is falsely argued that privatisation provides choices to parents and guardians, makes schools more responsive, and produces greater cost efficiencies and even better quality education.
  • This approach is derived from the idea that the State should have little to do with the delivery of education and other services, which are best left to market forces.
  • What we are opposed to is the high fee charged, low quality education offered, pupils being handled by untrained teachers and worse, some schools using curriculum not approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development as required by the law.

Debate has been raging in the past decade over deteriorating standards of public education and how to fix it.

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