Quality of schools is critical for economic growth in developing countries, Stanford expert says

An article published recently by Eric Hanushek of Stanford University says that “the quality rather than the quantity of education is key to boosting a nation’s economy, especially in the developing world”!

What a surprise for Nepal, other developing countries, UNESCO, and many bilateral donors. The reason being that policies, funding, strategies and activities have all been focused for the past decade or more on meeting quantity measures such as enrolment rates and DRIVEN by the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education.

Hanushek says:
“Rates of school attendance, student enrollment and years of school do not matter as much as many would believe. In the past quarter-century, many experts have called for a focus on “human capital” in schools and the marketplace. Human capital is the stock of knowledge, habits, and social and personality attributes, including creativity, that have economic value and that are rewarded in the labor market.

But this movement toward increased human capital has been misguided in its implementation, as it has led to policies largely seeking to increase head counts, enrollment and retention in schools. It ignores the importance of quality issues related to cultivating skills and knowledge among students.Too much attention is paid to the time spent in school, and too little is paid to the quality of the schools and the types of skills developed there,” (Hanushek wrote with co-author Ludger Woessmann, an economics professor at the University of Munich.)

So once again we have a damning opinion on the misguided SSRP in Nepal which many of us pointed out in 2009 only to be ignored and vilified!

You can access the full article from Hanushek here Human Capital

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