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Schooling in Sub-Saharan Africa

Policy, Practice and Patterns


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Clive Harber
    Pages 1-16
  3. Clive Harber
    Pages 17-29
  4. Clive Harber
    Pages 31-52
  5. Clive Harber
    Pages 83-106
  6. Clive Harber
    Pages 107-128
  7. Clive Harber
    Pages 129-154
  8. Clive Harber
    Pages 183-212
  9. Clive Harber
    Pages 213-227
  10. Clive Harber
    Pages 229-256
  11. Clive Harber
    Pages 273-278
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 279-283

About this book


This book is a comprehensive text for those interested in formal education in sub-Saharan Africa. It provides a thought-provoking overview of the key educational ideas, themes and issues facing schooling in Africa today, by drawing on a wide literature to examine evidence concerning both educational policy and the working realities of primary and secondary schools in Africa. Based on the author’s forty years of experience in researching and publishing on education in Africa, it takes a balanced but critical approach to analysing education in Africa, and discusses both positive and negative patterns across the region, as well as identifying differences between and within countries. The book examines major questions of educational provision, structure, content and process but does so in a way that raises challenging questions about gender, inequality, violence, authoritarianism and democracy in education as well the fundamental question of whether education is achieving its desired outcomes. It will be of great interest to students and researchers working in the fields of comparative and international education, education and international development, African education, African studies and development studies.


Africa Namibia Nigeria Tanzania Education School Learning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationBirmingham UniversityBirminghamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Clive Harber is Emeritus Professor of International Education at the University of Birmingham, UK, and was previously Head of the School of Education at the then University of Natal, now KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He has carried out research in many different African countries and has published widely on education in Africa and on education and development.

Bibliographic information


“An accessible and engaging book that provides an original thematic analysis of key issues in education in Sub-Saharan Africa suitable for a wide international readership. The text is grounded throughout in local evidence and case studies of current policy and practice.” (Michael Crossley, Professor of Comparative and International Education, University of Bristol, UK)