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K. Lindsjö

Karin Lindsjö

Universitetslektor

K. Lindsjö

The financial burden of a fee free primary education on rural livelihoods–a case study from rural Iringa Region, Tanzania

Författare

  • Karin Lindsjö

Summary, in English

This article explores the financial dilemma from a household level perspective of paying for primary education in Tanzania. In 2001, the primary education fee was abolished in a serious attempt to achieve free universal primary education. By eliminating what was perceived as the main obstacle for reaching education for all, the enrollment rates were expected to increase. However, the schools themselves are unable to manage with the government’s capitation grant only and in order to cope with increasing enrollment rates, households are asked for contributions to cover the expenses of school supplies, food and administrative costs. Based on fieldwork in Iringa Region, this article shows that education today is the main expenditure item for the majority of rural families. Despite a striking difference in housing standard and welfare between the three villages covered by the study, the data indicate a consistent outcome: education, even ‘free’ primary education is expensive in the rural context and families spend a large proportion of their income in order to secure a future of their children. Unlike previous research, children are not found to be withdrawn from school in order to help households with farming or domestic work.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Publiceringsår

2018

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

26-36

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Development Studies Research

Volym

5

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Human Geography

Nyckelord

  • contributions
  • educational investments
  • intra-rural discrepancies
  • rural livelihoods
  • Universal primary education

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2166-5095