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Needs and Impact Assessment of the IDPRSP by Results for Development (R4D)

October 2016
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After expanding the IDPRSP to over 500 schools, IDPF commissioned Results for Development (R4D) to measure the impact of the program and understand the broader needs of low-fee private schools throughout Ghana. The report ‘Understanding Household and School Proprietor Needs in Low-Fee Private Schools in Ghana’. contributes to the discourse on low-fee private schools by analyzing: (1) the priorities, motivations, and strategies of low-fee private school proprietors, (2) school profitability and sustainability, and (3) affordability.

The report was conducted in partnership with Consumer Insight Consult Africa, and assessed data from 150 low-fee private schools, including 110 schools from the IDPRSP and nearly 2,000 households.

Some key findings are:

  • Low-fee private schools demonstrate impressive resilience, despite the challenges they face
  • Teacher quality in low-fee private schools is a priority for parents and school proprietors
  • Low-fee private schools often do not reach the lowest-income households
  • The IDPRSP interventions have enabled low-fee private school proprietors to acquire more business acumen and expand their schools

The study concludes by providing recommendations that offer guidance for how education stakeholders can support the provision of high-quality education by LFPS.

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