The Great Expansion

  • Alan Megahey


Although the independent schools were subjected to political pressures, and to what sometimes felt like harassment, there was a huge expansion in the 1980s. It is arguable, as we have seen, that the 1983 explosion of new schools helped to precipitate the crisis which the independent sector faced. But it is also likely that the crisis, in one form or another, would have come at some stage. The new governing class, and indeed the emergent black businessmen, looked at a formerly all-white state sector of education and saw fine buildings, well-managed schools and fee levels which – while higher than was common at the schools formerly run by ‘African Education’ – were affordable. But when they looked at the independent sector, they saw fee levels of a quite different order of magnitude.


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