Previous research has highlighted the prominent role private schools
play in education in Lagos State, Nigeria, suggesting a large majority
of schoolchildren were in private education and that children in private
schools were outperforming those in public schools, even after
controlling for background variables and possible selectivity bias. The
current study aimed to build on the earlier work by conducting a
detailed and representative household survey across the state of Lagos
that would improve understanding of three main questions:
- Who goes to which type of school (public, private) or not to school,
- How are schooling decisions made by households?
- What is the influence and impact of poverty on who goes to which
schools and why?
This report explores the major issues that emerge from the data in
response to the research questions, including a focus on what types of
school the children attend, the issue of affordability, relative costs
between public and private, and the school choice process. The final
three chapters are more technical, building on the descriptive
statistics of the earlier chapters to create statistical models that
shed further light on the research questions.
Tooley, J. School Choice in Lagos State. Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2013) 129 pp.
School Choice in Lagos State