New report claims UK development assistance funds privatization of education
A new report from Global Justice Now, a UK civil society organisation, and the National Education Union, criticizes UK development assistance for supporting the privatization of education in developing countries. The authors of the report, which reveals that the UK government is funding for-profit educational firms, highlight that privatization of education can lead to problems in terms of equality, quality, and accountability.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)has criticized the report as misleading, noting that it is not contributing to a privatization agenda in the education sector. According to DFID, 95% of its spending on education goes to the public sector. However, this includes for-profit organisations who deliver services through the public education system.