Economics: Are vouchers for education an answer for the developing world?

A number of disadvantaged youngsters in the US attend school through the voucher scheme (photo:dpa)
A number of disadvantaged youngsters in the US attend school through the voucher scheme (photo:dpa)

Education vouchers are proving a success in many countries. Studies show they have raised standards in schools, increased results among low-achieving pupils, and helped disadvantaged children. In this briefing, GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon explains why developing countries should embrace this alternative scheme to provide parents' choice in their child’s schooling.

A SCHEME which gives parents vouchers so they can send their child to a school of their choice is proving such a success in raising education standards among the poor that governments and social entrepreneurs internationally are being encouraged to consider implementing it.

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