The Privatisation of Education

Workers On Wednesday 2 August
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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Over the past few years there has been a strong move in various African and Asian countries towards the privatisation of traditional public education. Countries like Liberia, Uganda and India have all experienced this with different responses. In Liberia the government has gone ahead with a three year trial period of privatising its entire public pre-school education to various private companies. The main company at the centre of this privatisation drive is Bridge International Academies. The company operates low-cost private schools and is backed by big business, such as the founders of Microsoft and Facebook, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. In Uganda on the other hand the company’s private schools were banned due to unsanitary conditions and not obtaining licenses. Here in South Africa, there is also significant growth in private schooling with the Western Cape government embracing it enthusiastically.


  • Thobile Ntola (SALIPSU)
  • Tony Marshall (NAPTOSA – WC Deputy Chairperson)
  • Stacey Jacobs (Equal Education Research Fellow)


Cape Town 19 Sept. Jhb 23 Sept.


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