A new report launches today which explores the UK’s role in privatising education across the world
A new report from UK civil society organisation Global Justice Now and the National Education Union, the largest education union in Europe, launches today.
The report, titled In Whose Interest? The UK’s role in privatising education around the world, lays out the UK Department for International Development’s policies and programmes that are contributing to a privatisation agenda.
In Whose Interest? highlights how Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been supporting privatisation through grants to education businesses, support for pro-private research, and consultancy contracts with UK-based businesses, among other methods. The latter includes the Girls’ Education Challenge, which alone will see a £32.7 million consultancy fee paid to PWC.
In Whose Interest? also illustrates how privatisation is problematic in terms of equality, quality, and accountability in education, and how it is undermining public education systems. Fees, non-inclusive providers who don’t provide for children with additional needs, and unqualified teachers all contribute to a poorer and less equal learning experience for children relying on low-fee private schools.
Other systems, such as the proposed Education Outcomes Fund, could enable profit-making (through interest paid to investors) in education financing.