World Bank Director Education, Elizabeth M King, on the occasion of World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) told PTI that the quality of Indian education remains poor. The comment is both shameful and awful for India.
She said, “Though India has some good institutions like IITs and IIMs, they are not as tall as institutions like MIT and Leeds in terms of quality of education provided."
Ascertaining the reason for this, King said, “Although India has the resources to formulate an efficient education policy, inequality in distribution of resources remains a cause of concern.”
"Most of the people who come to even IITs and IIIMs have to be from well-off families, where are the opportunities for the poor? Government is not using the funds appropriately," King said.
However, she praised HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal and said, “I met him (Sibal) in March. He has a good vision to implement the Constitution. I think it will be interesting to see how Aakash (world's most affordable tablet PC launched by the Government) is going to change the education scenario in India. I see it doing so in many ways."
"India is a country which experiments a lot and I like it, but these experiments have to yield fruits, there are still schools and colleges functioning without any infrastructure," continued King.
When asked about the help given by World Bank to India to support the education system of India, King replied, “The Bank has been supporting basic education in the country to augment the Right to Education (RTE). Our contribution is to bring knowledge and experience to help design education policy. In terms of monetary help, we only contribute a drop in the bucket."
Also, King praised the education policy for girl child in Haryana and said, "Such schemes not only help to increase the literacy rates among girls, they also abate the fears of early marriage among girls."