chapter  17
Low-cost private schools: what we need to know, do know, and their relevance for education and development
ByJames Tooley
Pages 14

It is now widely accepted that low-cost private schools exist in large numbers across developing countries, serving a majority of children in poor urban settings and a significant minority in rural areas. From tentative initial thoughts on the sector (Tooley 2000a, 2000b, 2000c), there is now a burgeoning literature on low-cost private schools, including several major books (e.g., Srivastava and Walford 2007; Srivastava 2013; Macpherson, Robertson and Walford 2014; Dixon 2013; Dixon and Tooley 2009). However, the literature reveals a hugely polarised debate about the significance of low-cost private schools.