Removing the barrier of education fees

Ethiopia abolished school fees in 2002 as part of their poverty reduction strategy. This UNESCO report documents that experience. A major part of the change was the collaboration between the Education and Finance ministries.

Education for All and the Millennium development Goals have given developing countries an incentive to attain universal primary education through accelerated and scaled strategies. Abolishing school fees is one such strategy, which is seen as a measure to improve enrolment and participation rates. Tuition fees and other private costs of schooling are viewed as a barrier to accessing and completing primary education. They are a burden in counties where poverty forces families and households to choose how many children to send school and for how long. School fees tax the poor regressively.

The full paper of The Challenges of Free Primary Education in Ethiopia is available in PDF format; number of pages: 96p

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