World Bank Officials Discuss Educational Sector Challenges in Arab States

Published By : 13 Mar 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Officials from the World Bank recently held a roundtable discussion to dwell on the challenges that face the education sector in Arab countries, and to find ways to bring about an education reform here. The media roundtable also shared a governance report that focused on ways to deliver social services. The regional research by the World Bank was presented by Dr Hana Brixi, a Lead Economist with the bank. She stressed that accountability in relationships would prove to be the driving force behind the performance of service delivery initiatives. 

In its report, the World Bank looked at the types of policy changes that would enhance the performance of public services for everyone across all income groups, while maintaining an emphasis on accountability and incentive-based growth.

Brixi also marked that the region was characterized by a high degree of unemployment among the youth, and that there was a notable quest for services and jobs. Another aspect that determined the employability of people was the perception that their connections with people in a higher position would likely help them secure a job, that is colloquially known as ‘wasta’. 

She further noted that the youth do not seem to have a high skill set that is a prerequisite for jobs, and the 26% unemployment rate is higher as compared with others in the MENA region. She stated that most CEO said that the biggest constraint they faced was the lack of skills among the young employable population. 

At the same time, Brixi asserted that people across the various Arab countries have made an effort in bringing about policy reforms through higher budget allocations. However, these policies don’t often turn into practice and this remains an area of concern. 

The only way forward would be by bringing in more teachers actively in the classroom while making primarily education free and available to all children.
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