ERIC Number: ED479944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Tuition Fees in Primary and Secondary Education in Lesotho: The Levels and Implications for Access, Equity, and Efficiency. Financial Management of Education Systems.
Lerotholi, Liteboho Maqalika
This publication addresses tuition and other fees practiced in education as a means of cost sharing in Lesotho (a small, underdeveloped African nation). The case of Lesotho is an extreme example of household and community financing of education, both at the primary and secondary level, with parents paying for the bulk of their children's schooling. The study reported here looked into the issues raised by such a situation, such as equity and access, as well as management and ownership considerations. The study found that household and community financing tends to lead to a widening of the gap between the rich and the poor, yet it does not imply that the families and communities who invest in education take a greater interest in their schools than would otherwise be the case. The Ministry of Education, although under-resourced, still has an important role to play, particularly in setting standards, rationalizing tuition fees, and introducing special measures for those unable to pay fees. The report stresses the need for a judicious allocation of the scarce public funds available and suggests strategies to maximize the positive aspects of the current system while minimizing the negative ones. Appended are: numerous tables and charts and interview questions. (Contains 24 references and 8 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Economics of Education, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Family Financial Resources, Family Involvement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Tuition
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, International Inst. for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France. Web site: http://www.unesco.org/iiep.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Lesotho