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Submitted by Shanta on

Onno: Getting kids into school is much easier than making sure they learn. It is also politically attractive, as it guarantees jobs for public school teachers, whereas a goal of learning may give private schools an edge. So it is not surprising that enrollment, rather than learning, was the "deliberate strategy of the program." While in an engineering sense, it is true that you need to get kids into school before they can learn, from a political-economy perspective, the two objectives may be very different. The same political interests that delivered universal enrollment may be the obstacle to universal learning. I wonder if the design of the third phase has taken this into account. Cheers, Shanta