In many developing countries, private unaided schools are serving the poor in large numbers. Some commentators view their presence as undesirable, often because there is perceived to be a conflict between 'commercial gain' and 'concern for the poor'. In this article James Tooley and Pauline Dixon argue that the evidence from private schools serving poor people in India and Nigeria suggests there is no conflict between these two aims.
If you are interested in development and education issues, you may also like to read the December 2004 edition of Economic Affairs on
Education for All Through Privatisation?
The June 2005 edition of Economic Affairs, from which this article is taken, is a special edition devoted to