Secondary education in developing countries

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The key priority for developing countries has been, and continues to be, the achievement of primary education for all (EFA), consistent with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) priority of EFA by 2015. This has brought secondary education also into prominence. EFA is now often accepted by UNESCO as the completion of basic education, the necessary platform for all, embracing much of secondary education. This new attention has caused all countries, developed and developing, to pay critical attention to secondary education, now requiring broader goals than preparation for higher education such as individual earnings, economic growth, improved health, equity, and civic engagement. Major issues now need to be resolved in secondary education. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
EditorsPenelope PETERSON, Eva BAKER, Barry MCGAW
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)9780080448947, 0080448941, 9780080448930, 0080448933
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Hughes, P., & Walker, A. (2010). Secondary education in developing countries. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGraw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed., pp. 249-254). Oxford: Elsevier.


  • Secondary education
  • Primary education


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