Efficiency of Public and Private Service Delivery: The Case of Secondary Education


  • Renata Halásková University of Ostrava, Faculty of Education, Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Fráni Šrámka 3, Ostrava 709 00
  • Beáta Mikušová Meričková Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics and Regional Development, Tajovského 10, Banská Bystrica 975 90
  • Martina Halásková VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics, Sokolská třída 33, Ostrava 702 00




Data Envelopment Analysis, efficiency, grammar schools, secondary education, Slovak Republic


A current issue is the evaluation of the efficiency of various types of education service providers. This paper aims to evaluate the efficiency of the services of secondary education provided by a variety of types of providers. The evaluation of secondary education is performed on a sample of 26 grammar schools in the Prešov region of the Slovak Republic. The method of data envelopment analysis (DEA) is used. The results of the efficiency of 26 grammar schools in the period 2012-2013 to 2016-2017 showed that grammar schools from the sample established by all providers (public, private, church entity) reached the full efficiency score. By contrast, six grammar schools were evaluated as the least efficient. The evaluation of the set of grammar schools based on the average efficiency score also showed that, from the viewpoint of the types of providers, public grammar schools reach higher efficiency scores, in comparison with church and private grammar schools. These findings expand on the theory of public goods with respect to their production and render valuable information for not only education providers but also creators of regional strategic plans in education policies.

Author Biographies

Renata Halásková, University of Ostrava, Faculty of Education, Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Fráni Šrámka 3, Ostrava 709 00

University of Ostrava, Faculty of Education, Department of Technical and Vocational Education,

Fráni Šrámka 3, Ostrava 709 00

Beáta Mikušová Meričková, Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics and Regional Development, Tajovského 10, Banská Bystrica 975 90

Matej Bel University,  Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics and Regional Development,

Tajovského 10, Banská Bystrica 975 90, Slovakia


Martina Halásková, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics, Sokolská třída 33, Ostrava 702 00

VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Economics,

Sokolská třída 33, Ostrava 702 00


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Halásková, R., Mikušová Meričková, B. and Halásková, M. (2022) ’Efficiency of Public and Private Service Delivery: The Case of Secondary Education’, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 33–46 https://doi.org/10.7160/eriesj.2022.150104.



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