Education in Asia: a comparative study of cost and financing by Jee-Peng Tan

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However, the authors also stress that ''throwing more money" at primary schools is not the answeror not the whole answer. Using existing resources efficiently is no less important. Beyond these broad messages, the reader will find ample information about Asian education in this study, as well as analytical support for the foregoing conclu- Page xv sions. It is my hope that the study's publication in an easily accessible form will contribute to a lively discussion among policymakers and others regarding future directions for the development of education in Asian countries, thereby encouraging consideration of policies to build on Asia's already remarkable progress in the sector.

Beyond these broad messages, the reader will find ample information about Asian education in this study, as well as analytical support for the foregoing conclu- Page xv sions. It is my hope that the study's publication in an easily accessible form will contribute to a lively discussion among policymakers and others regarding future directions for the development of education in Asian countries, thereby encouraging consideration of policies to build on Asia's already remarkable progress in the sector.

The challenge in such countries is to avoid complacency and to focus on consolidating and strengthening past achievements through policies to increase spending allocations for education. But in a handful of countriesincluding Bangladesh, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Papua New Guineathe demographic and macroeconomic conditions will probably remain difficult. For these countries, choosing the fight policies is essential for progress, because the wrong policies can worsen present inefficiencies and inequities, and might even reverse past achievements.

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