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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Educational Development
Title Free education and social inequality in Ugandan primary schools: A step backward or a step in the right direction?
Volume 31
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 169-178
URL http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ905756
The intent of this study is to understand both direct and indirect resource effects in the context of a mass education system in Uganda. We find that under certain conditions, policies that promote physical resource availability can lead to substantial equity gains. A school's social composition appears to improve educational quality but it is also related to wider gaps between rich and poor students. We also show that heavier teaching workloads have the most damaging effect on low-income students who have fewer private resources to devote to academic pursuits. The policy implication is that equalising access to formal primary education does not guarantee equitable outcomes.

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