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Access or Quality?

Michelle J. Bellino, Sarah Dryden-Peterson

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  • Case Code: KC20KAKU
  • 15 pages


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  • Case Code: KC20KAKU
  • 6 pages



Set in a refugee camp in Kenya, this case’s protagonist is an education officer struggling to promote educational access and quality for refugee children in an ever-changing organizational setting. The case illuminates a central dilemma in education for development policy and practice: when resources are constrained, how to balance universal access to education with instructional quality within schools. Participants explore the proposal to limit access to secondary school based on a cut-off score as a way to promote quality. The case also addresses tensions between global policy and local contexts, an issue with broad applicability to education in development contexts.

Subjects: K-12, international eduation, planning, policy
Setting: Refugee camp in Kenya

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