A school 'bus' in Laos Laos is suffering a severe teacher shortage which is causing the closure of public schools Many low income families are being deprived of schools according to reports. The expansion of private schools, particularly in the capital is drawing teachers from the public sector in search of decent salaries and better conditions. Public school classes average 60 pupils per teacher at present, but as a reulst of the teacher shortage, many teachers are having to teach four classes at once while other schools, particularly in remote areas are simply closing. The World Bank boasts on its website of a 50 year partnership with Laos. In the early years of this period, the US dropped more bombs on Laos alone, than were dropped in the whole of  the second world war everywhere. During and since that time Laos has been under the tutelage of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (both based in the US). This does not seem to have been very successful however since it is still officially characterised as a 'least-developed country' and over a quarter of its people live in poverty. In education, the government, with the encouragement of the World Bank, looks to the private sector as a main contributor, with the result that public education is withering on the vine. This is a process which is happening in many countries in the Global South and, with the acceleration of privatisation in OECD countries, is beginning to happen there too.