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Private High Schools


  1. Service Description- These are high schools from 9th to 10th grades and college preparatory classes which provide high standard and rigorous teaching and learning for students who can afford to pay the tuitions. The schools will be similar to those like St. Joseph, Cathedral and Nazareth in Addis Ababa. These schools are known for their rigorous teaching and almost all students from these schools pass national examinations. This project idea is to establish such private high schools at least in the major urban centers of the Region.


As mentioned in other project ideas, the private sector has not been involved in the provision of social services such as education and health. In developed countries the best and most efficient, though expensive, social services are provided by the private sector. The participation of the private sector in the provision of social and other services will expand the volume of these services and also will reduce the burden on public institutions which provide such services. It will also give more choices to users of these services. Those who can afford will get to private organizations and the rest will use the services of state or public institutions. This is what is happening in Addis Ababa in the area of health and education.


In the Amhara Region, the provision of social services by the private sector is almost non-existent. Of course, there are some private clinics, “colleges” kindergartens, etc operating in the region. But these are new and far in between. The project idea of private high schools in the region stems from the fact that such high schools are in great need by many parents in the major urban centers. At least, there will be enough number of students in Bahir Dar, Gondar, Dessie- Combolcha, Debre Birhan and Debre Markos to make a private high school a financially viable and rewarding venture.   

  1. Estimated Investment- Private high schools do not have large student population. Average size of a private high school is about 500 students. For a private high school of 500 students, the estimated investment will be:


Ÿ  Buildings 800m2 at Br. 1500/m2 =    1,200,000

Ÿ  Furniture and texture                              500,000

Ÿ  Working capitals                                     200,000



  1. Benefits- Improves the standard of education to be given to students who can attend these schools, produces students with strong academic background and with high potential to go to higher education.


  1. Location- Bahir Dar, Gondar, Dessie, Debre Birhan, Debre markos.