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Pearson a case study of corporate led privatizations and profiteering in education in Ghana

Author(s): 
Curtis Riep, University of Calgary
Publication Date:
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:05
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This presentation examines Pearson plc, a leading multinational education company, and how it is privatizing the education sector. The growth of private corporations conducting business activities in the education sector is illustrated by the global scope and scale of Pearson, which will be analyzed in two parts. First, Pearson’s various roles and corporate growth strategies in the education sector will be outlined through the company’s participation in public private partnerships, ‘global partnerships for development’, business acquisitions and mergers and other arrangements. The second part involves a case study of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF) and how this represents a strategy of corporate-led privatizations through investments and joint ventures with private companies that operate in the low-fee school sector in various emerging markets throughout Africa and Asia. This will involve an analysis of Pearson’s partnership with Omega Schools Franchise, a privately held chain of ‘affordable’ for-profit schools in Ghana. Lastly, the implications of private corporations developing new markets and business opportunities in education sectors worldwide will be discussed as it relates to issues of equity, public policy and human rights.