November 3

Private Education Has Grown Faster in South Asia Than Any Other Region in the World, Report Shows

As learning levels in the region grow more slowly than in the rest of the world, the report calls for regulation to focus more on quality and equity across all schools.

new UNESCO Report released today shows that non-state actors in South Asia are more involved in every aspect of education systems than in any other world region. Highly competitive examination pressures and dissatisfaction with public schools led to the highest levels of enrolment in private institutions in primary and secondary education than in other regions, but also to extensive private tutoring and an explosion of education technology companies.

With fragmented systems stretched during the pandemic, and evidence of a shift of students from private to public schools, the report calls for a review of existing regulations on non-state actors and how they are enforced. While access to education has grown faster than in any other region in the past few decades in South Asia, learning levels are more than one third below the global average and growing more slowly than in the rest of the world. It recommends that all state and non-state education activities be viewed as part of one system, supported and coordinated ministries of education so that quality and equity can be improved.

Photo courtesy of Thammasat University-017.

Source: unesco (link opens in a new window)

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