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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Funding Public Education and Educational Transformation: A Review of Strategies and Policy Options

Publication Date: 
December 2009

This article explores the main initiatives by the Jamaican
government since 2005 to address thefunding of the public
education system as it implements the education
transformation programme. First, it looks at the emphasis
placed on a sector-wide approach to address the funding of
the transformation process. The article then discusses the
options available to Jamaica and other developing countries
with similar backgrounds and goals to fund major efforts
to transform their education systems. These include
multilateral and bilateral options such as debt swap or debt
forgiveness; and national options such as public-private
partnership. Finally, the article reviews a number of
national funding options arising from the Crawford (2005)
report and others currently being debated.

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