In today’s world of rapid technological change and global competitiveness, South Asian countries need a well-educated and skilled workforce to maintain long periods of growth. Although the region has made tremendous progress in expanding access to schooling over the past decade, a new report (Student Learning in South Asia) published by the World Bank proves that poor quality education is holding the region back.
According to the World Bank’s study on analysing the performance of South Asian educational systems, it highlights two main concerns: firstly, nearly 13 million children from 8 to 14 years old remain out-of-school; secondly, the quality of education for those attending school is low and does not equip students with adequate skills for the labour market.
In terms of the complex factors influencing student learning, including student background, school climate, community environment and system-level characteristics, the South Asia region faces particular challenges for improving student learning outcomes.
The report also identifies several key issues to improve education quality in South Asia, including putting the learning outcome at the centre of educational policies, improving teachers’ professional training and accountability, and encourage the contribution of non-state player and public-private partnership.
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