World Bank recently warned of a learning crisis in global education in countries like India and said that the schooling without learning is not only a wasted development opportunity but also, a great injustice to the children.
The World Bank in its report said that millions of young students in these countries face the situation of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools did not educate them to succeed in life.
In World Development Report 2018 India is second only to Malawi in a list of 12 countries where a grade 2 student is unable to read a single word of small text. India is also at the top in the list of seven countries where grade two students could perform a simple two digit subtraction.
“In rural India, just under three-quarters of students in grade 3 could not solve a two-digit subtraction such as 46 – 17, and by grade 5 half could still not do so,” the World Bank said.
The report further argued that without learning education cannot help in removing poverty and creating opportunity and prosperity for all.
“Even after several years in school, millions of children cannot read, write or do basic math. This learning crisis is widening social gaps instead of narrowing them,” it said.
“This learning crisis is a moral and economic crisis,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.
“When delivered well, education promises young people employment, better earnings, good health, and a life without poverty,” he added.