Are Small Schools the Answer?

Cost Effective Strategies for Rural School Provision

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Planners and policymakers often find it hard to decide whether to favour small school or large ones. On the one hand, financial constraints require them to seek systems with the lowest unit costs. But on the other hand, administrators are keenly aware of the role of the school in social development, and thus that under ideal circumstances every community should have a school of its own.

This book highlights the advantages and problems of school size, paying particular attention to social, economic and educational issues. It draws on a wide body of literature from both prosperous and less developed countries, and digests it into a readable and readily available form. As well as highlighting the overall issues, it makes practical suggestions on ways to improve costeffectiveness.

The book is mainly intended for national and regional educational administrators. However, much of the discussion (e.g. on strategies for multigrade teaching) will also prove useful at the school level.



Small Schools or Large Schools?

Governments throughout the world need to get the best educational and social benefits from the least expenditure of resources. The title of this book asks: "Are Small Schools the Answer?". It is clear (a) that circumstances vary widely, both within and between countries, and (b) that education authorities have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages for themselves.


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