The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has revealed that families in sub-Saharan African countries spend nearly 40% of their household income to educate their children, with many being priced out of quality education.
This was disclosed in its latest Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report released on Friday.
According to the report’s director, Manos Antoninis, the impact of Covid-19 affected budgets of families, making school fees and other costs unaffordable for many.
The report warned that 8% of families in low and middle income countries have to borrow money to pay for their children to go to school, adding that the rate is even higher in countries like Uganda and Kenya.
UNESCO therefore urged governments in these countries to be more committed to providing 12 years of free quality education for all, for the sake of the poor who cannot afford private education.