n Perspectives in Education - The targeting of public spending on school education, 1995 and 2000 : research article

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2236


This article measures targeting of public spending on school education in South Africa for the years 1995 and 2000. Equalisation of publicly subsidised pupil-teacher ratios in this period largely eliminated discrimination in subsidies per child, but some differentials in subsidies still remain as a result of differences in qualifications and experience, and hence salaries, between teachers in more and in less affluent schools. However, despite these differentials, education spending is now quite well targeted to the poor, even in an international context. Despite improved equity in distribution of fiscal resources, equity of educational outcomes remains elusive, particularly when education quality is also considered. This emphasises the importance of improving efficiency in schools, particularly in poor schools.

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