Learning Unleashed: Where Governments Are Failing to Provide Youngsters with a Decent Education, the Private Sector Is Stepping In
Private schools enroll a much bigger share of primary-school pupils in poor countries than in rich ones: a fifth, according to data compiled from official sources, up from a tenth two decades ago. Since they are often unregistered, this is sure to be an underestimate. A school census in Lagos, Nigeria in 2010-11, for example, found four times as many private schools as in government records. UNESCO, the UN agency responsible for education, estimates that half of all spending on education in poor countries comes out of parents’ pockets. In rich countries the share is much lower.