The Case Of Tanzani Failed Promises And Policies Essay

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III. The Case of Tanzania: Failed Promises and Policies

In the 1980s, the World Bank’s user-fee policies, as well as other cost-recovery policies for primary education were “very harmful to equity, have not improved quality or efficiency significantly, if at all, and have been inimical to the attainment of EFA and the MDGs.” In doing so, these neoliberal policies were proven to be unproductive in providing significant attention to educational reform efforts by concentrating solely on access to primary schooling. However, in more recent years, given the abolition of user fees combined with the push towards Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs), the World Bank and other multilateral agencies have cooperated in reversing their policies to better meet the need for educational development.

Starting in 2002, Tanzania reversed its user-fee policies, with the onset of the Primary Education Development Program (PEDP) financed by the World Bank, leading to a sharp increase in primary school enrollment rates. Since 2000, there has been an increase to access to primary schooling, “constituting a 72% increase and enabling the government to achieve its target of universal access to primary education.” Additionally, “since the year 2000 the number of children enrolled in primary schools has increased by over 3 million.” The PEDP was an expression of Tanzanian’s commitment to meet the Education for All (EFA) targets and the Millennium Development Goals…

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