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Sacrifice your mid-day nap, please!
Policymakers need to wake up to the education system crisis...
25/12/2008

Felix E. Schelling once quoted – ‘True education makes for inequality’, and perhaps rightly so. But today, many countries are too busy with their own political and social issues, such that the contemptible state of education and consequently the exacerbating chasm between the rich and the poor in their own country gets no attention!

The developing countries are the worst victims of such illiteracy driven inequality. Vietnam allocates a miserly 16.2% of its budget to University education and ridiculously, as per the Minister of Education, this problem can only be solved with an “increase in tuition fees”, which will evidently prove a blow to the poor community. In Turkey, only a pathetic 2.6% of infants aged three and four attend school, while the same percentage in more than 50% of other OECD countries stands at a tall 70% or more! In Bulgaria, statistics prove that only 30% of the students succeed in pursuing education beyond the age of 5, and also that education in English Medium is a rarity in the country. Chile again, is beleaguering the issue of inequality not only in social terms but also in terms of educational facilities, as a consequence of which the low-income families receive poor quality of education. Then there’s Malaysia which fails to deliver a transparent education system to its people, as a result of which even excellence in the Matriculation exams would not ensure admission in Public Universities. And finally, sub-Saharan Africa, where, if you enroll in school, you only have a paltry 5% chance of making it to the University levels there!

So is privatisation of education to be blamed? The answer – a thumping no! In fact, privatisation has improved the odds that children in developing do not remain uneducated. Governments in developing economies should increase the budget allocation to public education system as well... Private names are doing their bit, it’s time for the government to sacrifice their mid-day nap as well!

By:- B&E
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