The poor quality of education in
In the first comprehensive study to analyze the performance of South Asian educational systems in terms of student learning, the
"Just spending time in school is not enough. There has to be a significant gain in skills that requires an improvement in the quality of education," said Philippe Le Houerou,
The report noted that many governments in
Yet there are large differences in schooling access across the countries of
The report was most concerned with the disappointing outcomes, as measured by student learning, of
With so many skills important in the work world missing from what is taught in schools, it is no surprise that employer surveys confirm that inferior education systems and the shortage of skills are constraining private sector investment.
"The poor quality of education in
The report recommends a multi-pronged strategy that includes initiatives outside the education sector to address
- Ensure young children get enough nutrition:
- Raise teacher quality: Many South Asian teachers barely know more than their students. For example, surveys from
- Use financial incentives to boost quality: when extra resources have been available, they have gone to higher pay for teachers, reducing class sizes or improving facilities. This has not always brought learning improvements. A better use of the resources would be to link them to need and student performance.
- Bring in the private sector: South Asian governments cannot afford to improve educational quality by themselves. The private sector is already playing a major role in education, and governments should encourage greater private-sector participation by easing entry barriers and encouraging well-designed public-private partnerships.
- Improve the measurement of student progress: governments have already begun moving in this direction but need to do more to improve the quality and reliability of assessments and benchmarking national learning outcomes against international standards.
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