Seventh Commonwealth Education Conference Report

Ghana 1977

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The Economics of Education

Dr. Philip Coombs, Vice-Chairman of the International Council for Educational Development, set the keynote for the Conference by taking “a fresh look at the world educational crisis” and leading delegates into the Conference theme, “The Economics of Education”. In some circulated discussion notes he asked his audience to think about events since the mid-sixties and prospects over the next ten years. In his view the traditional linear expansion of educational provision had been quite successful in purely quantitative terms; but the upward curve of enrolments had started to flatten and, in any case, quality was being eroded and unit costs were continuing to rise.


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