Can Africa Afford Free Education?
Does free education mean a reduction in quality as critics of the policy argue?
As classrooms across Africa reopen for the new term, university students in South Africa have vowed to step up their #feesmustfall protests and demands for free education. From January, Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli has ordered free education for all school children attending state primary and secondary school. “And when I say free education, I indeed mean free,” he said. Tanzania was one of 15 African countries – including Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya - to abolish school fees in the early 2000s.
(Photo: Pupils attend a lesson in the yard of Saint-Paul cathedral in Bangui, 2014. Credit: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)