Over the past five years, a polarised debate about the potential
contribution of low-cost private schools (LCPSs) to achieving Education
for All (EFA) objectives has received growing coverage in international
policy circles. At the heart of this debate are disputed questions about
whether these schools are providing quality education, reaching
disadvantaged groups, supporting or undermining equality (including
between girls and boys), affordable for the poor and financially
This topic guide synthesises the best available evidence on these
questions. It examines the main challenges development agencies seeking
to understand and support LCPSs have encountered to date, documenting
emerging approaches and lessons learnt.
Mcloughlin, C. Topic Guide: low-cost private schools - evidence, approaches and emerging issues. EPS PEAKS, UK (2013) 35 pp.