“Free Primary Education” in Lesotho and the disadvantages of the highlands
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 31, Number 3 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This article explores the effects of national policies associated with “Education for All” on a disadvantaged region, the highlands of Lesotho. Since 2000 a programme of “Free Primary Education” has improved the position of the highlands in access to primary schooling; nevertheless, highland primary schools compare poorly with those in the lowlands on various indicators of pupils’ outcomes and school resources. They are also found to have relatively difficult relations with local communities. The paper reflects critically on the management of the “Free Primary Education” initiative and the implications for educational opportunity and for community empowerment in the highlands region.
Urwick, J. “Free Primary Education” in Lesotho and the disadvantages of the highlands. International Journal of Educational Development, 31(3), 234-243. Elsevier Ltd.