New Actors and Modes of Governance in a Globalizing World
Edited by Susan L. Robertson, Karen Mundy, Antoni Verger and Francine Menashy
Chapter 10: The Role and Impact of Public Private Partnerships in Education
10. The role and impact of public private partnerships in education1 Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Juliana Guaqueta and Harry Anthony Patrinos Introduction Increasing the private sector’s role in education may have several potential advantages over traditional public delivery of education. Whether these benefits are realized depends greatly on the design of the partnership between the public and private sector, on the regulatory framework of the country, and on the capacity of the government to oversee and enforce its contracts and partnerships with the private sector. When implemented correctly, the private sector can increase efficiency and choice, and expand access to education services, particularly for households that tend to be poorly served by traditional delivery methods. Currently, private for-profit schools across the world are serving a full range of communities – from elite families through middle-income families to the poor. Public private partnerships (PPPs) may allow governments to take advantage of the specialized skills offered by certain private organizations and to overcome operating restrictions such as inflexible salary scales and work rules that may prevail in the public sector. The main rationale for developing PPPs in education is to maximize the potential for expanding equitable access to schooling and for improving education outcomes, especially for disadvantaged groups. This depends on the capacity of different PPP programmes to target poor populations and the specifications of the contracts that will allow disadvantaged groups to get access to private schools. Different types of contracts can help to meet these two objectives in different socio-economic and political contexts....
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