Liberia is outsourcing primary schools to a startup backed by Mark Zuckerberg – Vox

Vox (04/08/2016)
  • The Government of Liberia has decided to outsource 50 primary schools; civil war (1989-2003) decimated Liberia’s educational system.
  • The country awarded a $65M contract to Bridge International Academies; instead of hiring more qualified/educated instructors, Bridge hires inexperienced teachers for low wages ($90/month).
  • Bridge’s instructors teach via tablets verbatim from pre-scripted lessons.
  • The low cost approach allows Bridge to hire many teachers, giving more students access to an education; pessimists argue it waters down teaching.