PHILIPPINES: Asia must improve education quality

Developing countries in Asia need to improve the quality of their education systems as many graduates lack the skills needed in today's rapidly changing workplace, the Asian Development Bank said last week, reports China View. "The shortage of skilled workforce in the Asia-Pacific region, male and even more so female, has been a major bottleneck in economic and social development," the bank's Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss said at the launch of a research report on education.

The report, Education and Skills: Strategies for accelerated development in Asia and the Pacific, is intended as a guide for the Asian Development Bank's future operations in the education sector. ADB has provided some US$7 billion in loans for education since 1970, the Manila-based lender said.

"Demand for higher education is booming and is expected to double in five years and triple in 10 years in many (of ADB's) developing member countries," according to the report. "But this expansion will continue to be haphazard, spawning many institutions of inferior quality."
Full report on the China View site