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As the role of the non-state sector in education grows in many developing countries, CGD is exploring how various forms of public-private partnerships may be used to raise education quality and equalize opportunities for all children.
After one year, public schools managed by private contractors in Liberia raised student learning by 60 percent, compared to standard public schools. But costs were high, performance varied across contractors, and contracts authorized the largest contractor to push excess pupils and underperforming teachers onto other government schools.