Poor quality education holding back South Asia, World Bank says

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Afghanistan: UNICEF girls’ education. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The poor quality of education in South Asia, is trapping many of its young people in poverty the World Bank said in a report on Monday.

The report "Student learning in South Asia" also says that poor education prevents faster economic growth and more broadly shared prosperity.

It is the first comprehensive study by the Bank to analyze the performance of South Asian educational systems in terms of student learning.

The report notes that many governments in the region have invested heavily in education to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education for all children by 2015.

But while an increase in school attendance has been recorded, students are not being taught the skills they need.

The World Bank says that the poor quality of education is a major obstacle to the region's future economic prospect.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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