Reader feedback: Private schools distort market in Slovakia

Re: Minister unhappy about growing number of private schools, TSS Online, August 22, 2006

The problem is distortion of the market. Private and church schools with two revenue streams can afford to pay more for teachers and equipment than state schools, so over time all the best teachers will end up in the private/church schools and the state schools will only be able to afford second-rate equipment. Children who are ambitious for their education will have to go to a private or church school.

Now consider a small community. If the majority of strong students go to a private or church school, it may become uneconomic to run any sort of state "gymnazium" (school providing preparation for university) and what will become of bright but poor students then?

Roger,
Žilina

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