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Comparing the Private Cost of Education at Public, Private, and Faith-Based Schools in Cameroon

  • Backiny-Yetna, Prospere
  • Wodon, Quentin

This paper uses recent household survey data for Cameroon to measure the cost for households of the education services that their children receive and assess how this cost varies according to the type of service provider. Contrary to what has been observed in some other countries, the data suggest that faith-based schools in Cameroon serve primarily better-off children, with public schools serving the poor more. Faith-based schools are also more expensive for households than private schools (possibly due to lower levels of public funding). This may be one of the reasons why the poor tend to go to public schools more than to faith-based schools.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 16464.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: Published in Emerging Evidence on Vouchers and Faith-Based Providers in Education: Case Studies from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, edited by F. Barrera-Osorio, H. A. Patinos, and Q. Wodon, Directions in Development, World Bank, Washington, DC (2009): pp. 165-178
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