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ERIC Number: EJ964325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Who Gets What? Is Improved Access to Basic Education Pro-Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Lewin, Keith M.; Sabates, Ricardo
International Journal of Educational Development, v32 n4 p517-528 Jul 2012
This paper explores changing patterns of access to basic education in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries using data from Demographic and Health Surveys at two points in time. In general the analysis confirms that participation of children in schooling has increased over the last decade. However, access to education remains strongly associated with household wealth. In most countries the differences associated with urban and rural residence and sex are smaller than those associated with household wealth. Over time the wealth gradient related to access has deteriorated more often than it has improved in the countries in the sample. Disturbingly, the proportion of over age children has also risen rather than fallen more often than not, and the poorer the household the more likely children are to be over age. Increased numbers of over age children are indicative of internal inefficiencies, and make it unlikely that goals to universalise access and completion will be achieved. Education for All should be pro-poor and where it is not, it is failing. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa