Parent decision-making when selecting schools: The case of Nepal

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This paper analyzes the parent decision-making processes underlying school selection in Nepal. The analysis is based on primary survey and focus group data collected from parent meetings in diverse local education markets in two districts of Nepal in 2011. It highlights three main arguments that are less frequently discussed in the context of school choice, including in developing countries. First, children who go to public schools play a significant role in their own decision-making on schooling; this complicates the currently predominant conceptualization that schooling decisions are primarily made by parents and school officials. Second, the gradual growth in private schools has led to significant sorting of students and created a stigma around public education. Finally, in contexts such as Nepal, that suffer from political conflict, and poor conditions for law and order, a school’s proximity to their home becomes a greater priority for students and families.

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Joshi, P. Parent decision-making when selecting schools: The case of Nepal. Prospects 44, 411–428 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11125-014-9319-9

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Keywords

  • Parent decision-making
  • School choice
  • School selection
  • Quality of education
  • Public schools
  • Nepal
  • South Asia