What do we mean by privatization
Privatization includes any actions by government to avoid its responsibility to fully fund the public education system and thus to encourage private funding, services or commercialism in public schools.
Heather-jane Robertson’s paper, The Many Faces of Privatization, presented at the Public Education Not For Sale II conference in February 2005, defines four kinds of privatization. View the webcast of her presentation.
Philosophy of opposition to privatization
- That equity and opportunity for all through public education is essential to maintaining a democratic society and the privatization of education creates a two-tier education system and threatens democratic values and practices, as well as social equity.
- That privatization produces inequities through forms that include charging fees for students to take part in aspects of the educational program, fundraising to support the educational program, and the sale of educational services, including international student fee programs.
- That the commercialization of public education and a corporate presence in schools undermines the school as a public space aimed primarily at the social and personal development of students.
- That the privatization of services related to public education creates a danger that public education will come under the provisions of international trade agreements that would open education to private companies from other countries.
BCTF Policies on Privatization
BCTF policies on privatization and commercialization of education are in section 29 of the Members' Guide to the BCTF.