[dropcap style=”square” sradius=”3″ font=”1″]I[/dropcap]t would not be far wrong to say that easy access to education is a human right, for it is through education that people can realize other human rights, that marginalized groups can lift themselves out of poverty and prevent themselves from working in exploitative and harassing conditions. It is therefore necessary to foster the human value of education for national interests.
It has been widely believed that investing in education can pay off. In addition to guaranteeing a secure life, education can also protect the environment, promote human rights and curb population explosion. Scholars have highlighted four essential features of education. These features are availability, accessibility, acceptability and adaptability.
At a time when private education is rapidly expanding and increasingly replacing public education rather than supplementing it, decisive efforts must be made to recognize the importance of preserving the public interests in education and defend education as public good.
Kishore Singh, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, said at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on 27 October that education is an inalienable right of every child rather than a privilege of rich people. This highlights an underlying assumption that easy access to education is one of the joys and rewards of human existence.
It goes without saying that privatization in education has been mainstreamed, making inroads in all levels of schooling, which is simply because of the limitations of capacities to deal with rising demands on public education.
There is widespread concern that privatization in education has negative effects on the universality of the right to education as well as the successful realization of the right to education.
Nevertheless, the wave of privatization in education is beyond control with more and more parents, as well as some students themselves, after quality education for their children. This trend demands an urgent need to ensure that private education supplements public education rather than supplants it.
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