#Education must be protected from the forces of #privatization says UN #humanrights expert

by VanessaVaile

NEW YORK / GENEVA 27 October 2014 – “Education is not a privilege of the rich and well to do; it is an inalienable right of every child,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, said during the presentation of his report to the UN General Assembly.

“The exponential growth of private education must be regulated by Governments to safeguard education as a public good,” the expert told the global forum, warning that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education, rather than supplementing it.

“The costs associated with private schools are exacerbating inequality in societies as poor and marginalized groups are often excluded from going to them,” he said. “The State is both guarantor and regulator of education which is a fundamental human right and a noble cause. Provision of basic education free of costs is not only a core obligation of States, it is also a moral imperative.”

Mr. Singh’s report addressed many of the concerns that have emerged in terms of State obligations for the provision of the right to education as well as respect for the principles of social justice and equity, which are core principles of the UN system.

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