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Klees, Steven J. – Comparative Education Review, 1984
Mateen Thobani's proposal to fund public education in Malawi through increased tuition fees applies inappropriate analytical techniques and fails to address a complex set of political, social, cultural, and economic issues. Policy formulation should stress a basis for dialog instead of pretending neoclassical economic analyses can provide answers.…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Context, Developing Nations, Discussion
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Thobani, Mateen – Comparative Education Review, 1984
A partial equilibrium framework (user charges/government subsidy) analyzes optimal user charges for social services. The framework is applied to Malawi's education sector to formulate policy recommendations for solving problems of high student-teacher ratios and drop-out rates. Malawi's school user fees were increased in 1982 based on this…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Developing Nations, Educational Economics, Educational Finance
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Thobani, Mateen – Comparative Education Review, 1984
Steven Klees's criticism of Thobani's application of neoclassical economics to funding education by increasing tuition fees is based in part on misunderstanding or misrepresentation of arguments. The neoclassical framework can readily incorporate exogenous constraints; such constraints are political realities that must be reckoned with rather than…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Developing Nations, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Economics