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

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

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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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Vouchers allow greater choice for children and parents; greater accountability for the consumer; improvements of schools through competition - not only private but also government; stimulate entrepreneurship; and stimulate higher achievement outcomes
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