Whilst perusing the BBC Business website (see previous blog) I also came across this story. It would seem that a low cost business model has been developed for the provision of private schooling, right across the developing world. For instance, in Pakistan 9 million out of total of 20 million children are attending such schools.
It would seem that even relatively poor parents would prefer to pay a small amount for their child’s education, rather than send them to a state school. This is due to the reputation and quality of state schools being so poor. This emphasises a key aspect of this OM concept – namely that quality is not absolute, but relative. And hence it is possible to have low cost and quality.
Another aspect of this is an ethical one, revolving around what the teachers in private schools might be teaching the children. And this is highlighted in the BBC piece. This also considers the debate as to whether public or private provision is ‘better’.