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Coalition calls on government to pause on privatisation of public schools

The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, made up of over 210 civil society organisations, is calling on the government to pause the privatisation of public schools. Mr. Kofi Asare, Chairman of the Coalition, “said the coalition was aware of similar projects carried out in other African countries such as Liberia, Uganda and Kenya, where the partnership between government and the private sector did not yield the required results. Rather, whatever gains were made were marginal in comparison to the investments made by their governments, which were much higher than what was going to the regular public schools. Government cannot afford to ignore this evidence and go ahead to invest in such a venture, he stressed.”

Source: www.ghananewsagency.org

The government is trying to promote privatization of higher education

The University Grants Commission has notified new rules that allow public-private-partnership entities to assess and accredit educational institutions, “prompting criticism from academics who say the policy would lead to sale of accreditation grades.” Rajesh Jha, a member of Delhi University's executive council, said: “The government is trying to promote privatization of higher education. It wants top colleges to take autonomous status to start self-financing courses. It wants to give institution of eminence status to Jio Institute, which is yet to be set up. Now it is involving private entities in accreditation also.”

Source: The Telegraph

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Right to education

The Special Rapporteur examines public-private partnerships in education, which are inextricably linked to rapidly expanding privatization. He highlights their implications for the right to education and for the principles of social justice and equity. Lastly, he offers a set of recommendations with a view to developing an effective regulatory framework, along with implementation strategies for public-private partnerships in education, in keeping with State obligations for the right to education, as laid down in international human rights conventions, and the need to safeguard education as a public good.