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Type Journal Article - Social Policy & Administration
Title Public-Private Partnerships: Implications for Primary Schooling in Pakistan
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Volume 41
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 339-354
URL http://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_ied_pdck/160/
Abstract
Since the early 1990s, the government of Pakistan has promoted a policy of public–private partnerships to increase access and improve the quality of education in Pakistan. This article describes the evolution of the policy and discusses a variety of partnership arrangements aimed to establish and govern primary schools. It suggests that, while partnerships have positive outcomes and may be a viable option for resourceful communities, they are located in a hierarchical structure and lack equal distribution of power and trust between partners. Partnerships are often temporary and established for the purpose of a transition to privatization. These problems make them an unlikely strategy for a sustained increase in the chances of access to good-quality schooling for the poor and disadvantaged.

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