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Private schooling - a quality puzzle

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  • Rana, Ejaz Ali Khan
  • Ali, Karamat

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Primary school enrollment rates in Pakistan are lower than in other countries at the same level of economic development. The proportion of children reaching grade 5 is about half that in Sri Lanka and China and three-quarter that in India. Nationally, the gross primary school ratio is 74, and 101 for boys and 45 for girls. According to the National Education Policy 1992-2002, the target of literacy rate was set at 70 percent by the year 2002, which was achievable besides other measures, by inviting the private sector into education. Now, overall, private education accounts for about 10-12 percent of gross enrollments. The government of Pakistan has established a goal of universal primary enrollment by the year 2006. In the present study the quality characteristics of private schooling are discussed, i.e. qualitative aspects of schools, physical infrastructure of schools, teachers’ qualification and salaries, and fee, dropout rate, and repletion rate of the students, etc.

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  • Rana, Ejaz Ali Khan & Ali, Karamat, 2002. "Private schooling - a quality puzzle," MPRA Paper 34792, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Khan, Rana Ejaz Ali & Raza, Maryam, 2011. "Household choice of public versus private schooling: a case study of Bahawalpur City," MPRA Paper 34794, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    education; childern; private schools; Pakisatn;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs

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