Wodon, Quentin and Ying, Yvonne (2009): Literacy and Numeracy in Faith-Based and Government Schools in Sierra Leone. Published in: Emerging Evidence on Vouchers and Faith-Based Providers in Education: Case Studies from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, edited by F. Barrera-Osorio, H. A. Patinos, and Q. Wodon, Directions in Development, World Bank, Washington, DC (June 2009): pp. 99-117.
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This paper provides a comparative assessment of the market share, reach to the poor, and performance of faith-based and public schools in Sierra Leone using data from the 2004 Integrated Household Survey. One-third of primary school students attend government schools and more than half are in faith-based government-assisted schools. Faith-based schools tend to serve children who live in poverty more than public schools, and after controlling for student and household characteristics and school choice, they also perform slightly better than public schools.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Literacy and Numeracy in Faith-Based and Government Schools in Sierra Leone|
|Keywords:||Primary education; faith-based; poverty; performance; Sierra Leone|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology > Z12 - Religion
H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H11 - Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Institutions > I21 - Analysis of Education
L - Industrial Organization > L3 - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise > L33 - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises and Nonprofit Institutions ; Privatization ; Contracting Out
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H44 - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets
|Depositing User:||Quentin Wodon|
|Date Deposited:||28. Jul 2009 00:35|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 00:49|
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