Low Cost Private Schools: School Choice for the poor at the expense of Quality?

EACHRights has compiled a report titled Low Cost Private Schools: School Choice for the poor at the expense of Quality? which addresses the existence and operation of low cost private schools in Kenya. The research was conducted in Homa Bay County, Ndhiwa Sub- County where 11 schools were sampled for the research and over 131 interviews conducted. The interviewees comprised of policy makers, School manager’s/Head teachers, teachers, Parents and Pupils. The research sought to determine the existence, operation and legal status of low- cost private schools in a rural setting. Privatisation of Education in Kenya Research Report

A compendium on economic and social rights cases under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010

compendium-on-economic-n-social-rightsPoverty, inequality, socio-economic marginalisation and poor human development, are challenges that have bedevilled Kenya
for a long time. The government has projected that, approximately 46-56 per cent of Kenyans are living below the poverty
line, 1 though non-governmental organisations argue that this is an understatement and that, the more correct approximation
is about 56-65 per cent of Kenyans are living below the poverty line. 2 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in
their annual Human Development Index (HDI) have consistently ranked Kenya as a low human development country, with the
country being ranked at position 145 among the 186 ranked countries of the world in 2013.
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Press Release: Uganda to close the largest chain of commercial private schools over non-respect of basic education standards

The Ugandan Minister of Education and Sports, Hon Janet Museveni, formally announced on Tuesday during a session of the parliament that the Government will soon close the schools operated by the largest and most controversial chain of commercial private schools worldwide, Bridge International Academies (BIA), which runs 63 nursery and primary schools in Uganda. Hon Museveni indicated having based her decision on technical reports from the Ministry that revealed that the schools did not respect national standards, in particular that "material used could not promote teacher pupil interaction" and that "poor hygiene and sanitation [...] put the life and safety of the school children in danger". Click onto Press Release_ Uganda to close Bridge International Academies for the full press release.

Joint Statement by Unions and CSOs in response to the increased commercialisation of education in Kenya

Students before profit: Teacher unions and the civil society unite to condemn the commercialisation of education in Kenya Click here to download the statement.

Press Release: UK support for private schools in developing countries criticised by UN Committee

The United Kingdom (UK)'s controversial support for commercial, low-cost private schools in developing countries including Kenya has been questioned by the UN Committee on children's rights. The UK Department for International Development's support for the for-profit primary and pre-primary school chain, Bridge International Academies (BIA) was singled out as a particular concern.readfullpressreleasehere

Strategic Plan 2011-2012

Strategic planIn developing this strategic plan, the board of trustees, board of directors and management of The East African Center for Human Rights provided strategic direction for the organization and emphasized that the strategic plan would be pegged on institutional and programmatic growth. Download

PRESS RELEASE ON THE UN and ACHPR concern over commercialization of education

The involvement of private actors in education is not new yet in the last decade critical issues have arisen that demand close scrutiny. This Press Release is based on the United Nations and the African Commission on Peaoples Rights concerns over the increase in privatization of education in Kenya.

EACHRights Perception Survey Report

EACHRights Perception Survey ReportI would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that took part in this survey and thereby making it a success. I begin with the respondents from government and civil society that filled the questionnaires. I also wish to thank all those members of the civil society and the public as a whole that took time to participate in the Focus Group Discussions (FGD). Indeed, the combined knowledge and experience of all these people provided invaluable information that contributed to the findings of the survey and for that I am very grateful. Download

Press Release: Another United Nations body raises alarm over “low-cost private schools” and encourages the State to fully implement the APBET Registration Guidelines

Barely one month later, another United Nations body has raised alarm over the rapid increase of ‘’low-cost private schools.’’ The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on 4th March 2016 published Concluding Observations based on the latest periodic reports submitted by the Government of Kenya. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its State parties. Regarding the right to education, the CESCR expressed its concern that: “the State party has not dedicated sufficient resources to finance school facilities and qualified teachers, to ensure effective enjoyment of the right to free primary education for all.’’ It further took issue with the fact that “inadequacies in the public schooling system have led to the proliferation of so-called “low-cost private schools” which has led to segregation or discriminatory access to education particularly for disadvantaged and marginalized children, including children living in informal settlements and arid and semi-arid areas”. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

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