Can Better Quality Motivate Interest in Schooling in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Jamaica



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This paper investigates inequality of access to high-quality primary education in a developing country context, using Jamaica as a case study. It first explores the question of who has access to high-quality primary education, using a measure of educational quality based on the output of the school. It then looks at the matter of parental perception of the quality of their children’s school. It is found that while access to quality differ by economic status, regional differences are also very important. Furthermore, students are much more likely to attend school regularly the better the quality of school. The concavity of the relationship between school quality and school attendance suggests that there is potential for significant gains by focusing on improving the schools at the bottom of the distribution.


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Primary education