Private schools in Ethiopia

Albeit spending of about a quarter of the annual, public budget, Ethiopia’s educational system remains incoherent. Particularly in rural areas, where learning outcome is lower than in comparable LDCs. Funds are mainly spent in construction and infrastructure, which resulted in almost 100% enrollment rates. However, on the flip-side, drop-outs as early as grade 2 are the highest in all over Africa. Partly, perhaps, as Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that has not been colonized. While positive, has the educational system developed much later than in other countries across the continent. Nevertheless, over the past 10 years’ improvements have been made and the Ministry of Education seems to have realized that there is an educational crisis. This paper evaluates the role private schools can have to overcome the struggles Ethiopia’s educational system faces.

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Disclaimer: The chapters in the article – Introduction, Public Schools, Teaching Profession – are the result of several interviews, online research, and own observations between December 2019 and January 2020. During that time I was assigned an evaluation project as interim country director for a private institution in Addis Ababa. Also, please note that the information provided in the last chapters – Discussion and Recommendation – is based on personal perception and, hence, the opinion of the author.