IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Privatisation and the public good in education: scrutinising public-private partnerships

1 February 2018

Professor Elaine Unterhalter, a principal investigator on the project 'Higher education, Inequality and the Public Good in four African Countries', has delivered a keynote speech.

The seminar, held in South Africa, explored issues around privatisation in education and focused on public-private partnerships (PPPs) and what they mean for enhancing the quality of public education.

Drawing on some of the conceptual thinking pertinent to the project, Professor Unterhalter's paper specifically sought to scrutinise the concepts 'public good', 'common good' and 'public-private partnership' within contexts of high inequality and to consider their role in amplifying or reducing inequality.

The topics were seen as key considerations to addressing questions around quality public education.

The event was jointly hosted by EQUIPPPS, the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University and the School of Education at the University of Cape Town.