New Delhi: A World Bank report presented a disappointing picture of quality of student education in South-Asian countries. This list includes India, says that much of what is taught is "procedural" or rote-based.
This study was made the first comprehensive analysis on performance of South Asian educational systems. The study says that, many teachers of South Asia barely have more knowledge than their students".
"Students here are poorly prepared in practical competencies such as measurement, problem-solving and writing meaningful and grammatically-correct sentences", stated the report.
The report also said that, about one quarter to one third of the students who graduate from primary schools lack basic skills of numeracy and literacy, that would help them in further education.
The report strongly recommends raising teacher quality. The surveys conducted in India and Pakistan, shows teachers poor performance in math and language based tests related to the curriculum they are supposed to teach.
It suggest, "Higher and clear standards of education system must be enforced, absenteeism curbed and non-merit-based promotions halted.
Governments of the South Asian countries cannot afford to improve education quality by themselves, it felt.
It also said, "Poor quality of education in South Asian countries, reflects low learning levels. It traps many young minds in poverty and hinders economic growth and more broadly shared prosperity," it stated.