Al-Samarrai, Samer and Zaman, Hassan (2000): Abolishing school fees in Malawi: the impact on education access and equity. Forthcoming in: Education Economics
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In 1994, the newly elected Government in Malawi abolished primary school fees. Using household survey data from 1990/91 and 1997/98 this paper assesses the impact this major policy change, combined with increased Government spending on education, has had on access to schooling by the poor. This paper shows that enrolment rates have increased dramatically over the 1990s, at both the primary and secondary levels, and that crucially these gains have been greatest for the poor. In order to sustain and build-on these gains the paper suggests cutting back on the informal ‘contributions’ that are widely prevalent in primary school and improving the allocation of secondary school funding. Furthermore, the focus of policy reform, particularly at primary, should shift towards raising the quality of education. Finally the paper argues that careful advance planning and piloting of the reform in selected areas are useful strategies that other countries considering abolishing primary school fees could take to cope with the associated surge in enrolments.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Abolishing school fees in Malawi: the impact on education access and equity|
|Keywords:||Malawi; education; fee abolition; incidence analyis|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I22 - Educational Finance
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H52 - Government Expenditures and Education
|Depositing User:||Samer Al-Samarrai|
|Date Deposited:||06. Oct 2006|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 15:14|
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