Book News: May 5th, 1999

By James Tooley

Private education initiatives are flourishing in developing countries. Professor Tooley gives a snapshot of the scene based on research for the International Finance Corporation – the private finance arm of the World Bank. Despite the fact that companies invest heavily in R&D and quality control, many are suspicious of the private sector and unaware of the opportunities it offers. The lessons for education in the UK are that educational entrepreneurs can create dynamic, innovative models of public-private partnerships. The examples of innovation efficiency and educational relevance invite questions which challenge state education.

ISBN 0 255 36475 X. 8 pounds. Published by The Institute of Economic Affairs.