It expresses the number of students enrolled in a given level of education as a percentage of the number of people within the official age for that level of education. Data are shown for four levels of education: pre-primary , primary , secondary and tertiary. Tertiary education is also referred to as higher education. The last year for which data are available is shown in parentheses following each number in the table. If the year is the same as for the column to the left, the year is omitted. As Asian nations compete in the global economy and aspire to join the developed nations, there is concern that rates of education may not be keeping pace. Many Asian nations lack the capacity to scale up their enrollment to meet the escalating demand.
Are Southeast Asia's education systems preparing workers for the future?
We have reached a key moment in the development of the region's higher education sector, says Ismail Badat. Rising demand in South Asia for higher education is currently not being met, despite its growing importance on the economic development agenda. By , India alone will have the largest university age group cohort in the world, and careful management of this talent pipeline is not just an Indian concern but a global one. While an estimated 30 million or more are enrolled in tertiary education systems across the region, the unmet demand is estimated at three to four times this number. As South Asian countries forge a path towards growth of their industry and services sectors, the role of the higher education sector in facilitating a skilled, knowledgeable workforce has become critical — to the point of competitive advantage for many countries seeking investment.
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. This is leading to the highest incidents of child marriage and child labour in the world. Only about half of primary-aged children receive an education with minimum learning standards.
Most of us will have had it drilled into us by our parents while growing up. What if your education is nothing more than a postcode lottery? There are few regions of the world where this is truer than Southeast Asia — home to some of the starkest contrasts in educational quality on the planet.