Funding open schooling

Of course, Ephraim. Thanks a lot

Yes, there will be an expectation of greater participation of students at the school levels. That is the positive implication of a free education policy reflected in the funding system of the government. I agreed that there will be a bottleneck at the tertiary level. In response the government had tried to lessen this bottleneck by investing more - increasing its scholarship budget, and harmonized its scholarship selection criteria, thus this increased the number of students to get an in-country scholarship and regional scholarship - at USP campus in Fiji.

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There are several ways open schooling generate funds. Some of them are:

  1. Government funding

  2. Tuition fees from students

  3. Donations from local and international agencies like TETDUND, COL, and other reputable organizations

  4. Contributions from well to do Alumni and Alumnae

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Great submission. Can you educate me on the school proprietors

By school proprietors, I simply mean the owners of the school in case of private school.

Wow! That is rare occurrence in my context. Only at the primary level does the government pay. The secondary school fees fall on parents, and then at the tertiary level, a selected few get loans that should be later repaid.

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Some types of funding that the school’s receive is from the government. Non governmental organizations also provides funds for school. Sometimes schools do fundraising to raise funds for schools. School fees is another method whereby the school gets money. Finally is donations by some old scholar’s.

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Student fees
Donor grants
Government capitation
Research Grants

Other government should benchmark with you people

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The possible ways of the funding may vary depending on the institution and the country where it is located. However, the following ways may be considered
1- Tuition fee: This is one of the ways of getting some funds by the school
2- grants: This can be from government, depending on the government policy on education.
Some times this can be from private sectors, depending on the impact of the school to the society and some other factors.
3- Initiatives from the school management; such as creativity and intrepreneur
4- Support from international NGOs
5- among others

Sources of funding- Ministry of education, scholarships, bursaries, grants( international and regional), private funding by organizations, student fees, fund raising, selling of school paraphernalia, and philanthropy from business persons.
Sources of funding for open schooling- since this not formally integrated in our way of education, Ministry of education would normally help with funding.
But the majority of budgeted money will go to the normal mode of teaching and a small part of funding will go to facilitate open schooling.
Many international agencies may give loans and grants to help with funding.
Private agencies- international and regional agencies also partner to give assistance.

Distance learning can get fundings from different sources which include:

Government funding: Distance learning programs can receive funding from government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The funding can come in the form of grants, loans, or other types of financial assistance.

Tuition and fees: Distance learning programs can generate revenue by charging tuition and fees to students. These programs may offer different tuition rates for online students compared to on-campus students.

Corporate partnerships: Distance learning programs may partner with corporations to receive funding or to provide customized training to employees. These partnerships can also provide opportunities for internships and job placements for students.

Donations and philanthropic support: Distance learning programs can receive support from private foundations, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors. These funds can be used to support scholarships, research, and program development.

Endowments: Distance learning programs may receive endowments from alumni, supporters, or other donors. These endowments provide a source of long-term funding for the program

Can you throw more light on the departmental sponsors (Education) you mentioned ?

At my technical training institute we have various sources of funding
1.Government capitation in which the government caters for 30,000.00 per year out of 56,000.00
2.Donors who sponsor our trainees
3. HELB Loans given by governments
4. The CDF from the Member of parliaments and county governments
5. Churches and family members

what of tuition and fees

Funding sources for open schooling in Fiji include government allocations, donor assistance, tuition fees, grants from international organizations, partnerships with educational institutions, and revenue from program-related activities.

The sources of funding for open schooling can vary by country and educational system. In my contexts, open schools are funded through a combination of public and private sources. Here are some common sources of funding for open schooling:

  1. Government Funding: Public funding, often from the national or regional government, is a primary source of support for open schools. Governments allocate budgets to support the infrastructure, staff salaries, and operations of open schools.
  2. Tuition and Fees: Open schools may charge tuition fees to students, although these fees are typically lower than those of traditional schools. Tuition revenue can contribute to the financial sustainability of open schools.
  3. Grants and Donor Funding: Open schools may receive grants and donations from international organizations, foundations, and NGOs that support education initiatives.
  4. Corporate and Private Sector Partnerships: Some open schools collaborate with businesses and the private sector to access funding and resources. This can include sponsorship, donations, and support for specific programs.
  5. Educational Materials Sales: Open schools may generate revenue by selling educational materials, textbooks, or digital resources to students or other institutions.
  6. Revenue from Assessments and Examinations: Open schools often conduct assessments and examinations. Fees collected for these assessments can contribute to the school’s budget.
  7. Research and Consultancy Services: Some open schools offer research and consultancy services related to education. These services can generate income for the institution.
  8. Endowments and Trusts: Open schools may benefit from endowments or trust funds set up to support educational initiatives.
  9. International Collaborations: Collaborations with international educational organizations, universities, and open education consortia can provide funding, resources, and expertise.
  10. Student Support Programs: In some cases, financial support programs, scholarships, or grants for students can be a source of funding for open schools.
  11. Income from Alumni and Networking Activities: Alumni associations and networking events can generate donations and financial support for open schools.
  12. Licensing and Copyright Fees: Open schools that develop their own educational content may generate revenue through licensing agreements and copyright fees.
  13. Funding from Regional Authorities: In some countries, regional or provincial authorities provide funding to open schools based on their geographic jurisdiction.
  14. Revenue from Continuing Education Programs: Open schools often offer continuing education and professional development courses that generate income from learners.
  15. Public-Private Partnerships: Collaborations with private organizations to develop and deliver educational programs can result in funding and shared resources.

The specific sources of funding for open schools can depend on the educational system, government policies, the mission of the institution, and regional factors. Open schools often rely on diverse funding sources to ensure their financial sustainability and the accessibility of education to a wide range of learners.

In my institution the following are sources of funding:

  • Government subvention
  • Student fees
  • Grants & Scholarships
  • Funds from consultancies
  1. From the collected fees from students
  2. From the government as sponsorship.
  3. From sponsors
  4. From the suppliers as a way of supporting the organisation
  5. From well wishers.

This is well explained in depth.