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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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