Attainment of higher education is strikingly unequal in Egypt and Tunisia, and a little less so in Jordan. This column reports research showing that in all three countries, family background is the primary driver of inequality. Particularly in Egypt and Tunisia, public spending on higher education is regressive, with the result that what purports to be a meritocratic and equitable system in reality perpetuates inequality.
Halimat AlawodeSaint Catherine University
Halimat Alawode is a student at St. Catherine University studying Women and International Development while working with Dr. Caroline Krafft as a research assistant.