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ERIC Number: ED044347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 23
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The Education "Industry" in Africa.
Kraft, Richard J.
Education, according to various established criteria, can be classified as an industry, and in many African nations, it is the largest industry. Yet, when judged by standard measures of industrial success, such as whether the economic outcomes justify the amount spent, the answer is generally no. The thesis that most African nations are attempting to educate too many students too fast at too high a cost can be supported by a consideration of the economic, political and social consequences of these actions. For example, the location of schools in highly developed areas, which is dictated by the lack of transportation facilities, results in an increased educational gap between urban and rural population; large financial deficits have accrued in attempting to meet the projected educational expansion; African cities are flooded with unemployed primary and secondary graduates. Measures which may be politically unpopular will have to be implemented to make education in Africa a productive enterprise, such as tailoring the curriculum to the needs of an agricultural nation; consider shifting financial allotments from education to industry in order to provide jobs; limiting educational opportunity. (A bibliography, topical maps and tables of educational statistics are attached.) (JLB)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Africa