WORLDWIDE EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE INDEX
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India ranked 35th in the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019, as per a report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
- India scored 53 and has jumped five ranks from the 40th rank with an overall score of 41.2 across categories in 2018.
- Finland topped the index followed by Sweden.
- WEFFI ranks countries based on their abilities to equip students with skill-based education.
- The rankings are based on three categories:
- Policy environment.
- Teaching environment.
- Overall socio-economic environment.
- The report analyses the education system from the perspective of skill-based education in areas such as critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship as well as digital and technical skills.
- Among the world’s largest economies, the US, UK, France and Russia fell back in the index while China, India and Indonesia took steps forward.
Worldwide Educating for the Future Index:
- The index and report are commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation.
- It was developed to assess the effectiveness of education systems in preparing students for the demands of work and life in a rapidly changing landscape.
- It is the first comprehensive global index to evaluate inputs to education systems rather than outputs such as test scores and concentrates on the 15-24 age band in 35 economies.
- The report attributes India’s growth to the new national education policy introduced and published in 2019 that mentions future-oriented skills such as critical thinking, communication and entrepreneurship.
- The education policy was highlighted in the Union Budget 2020 and it will come under ‘Aspirational India’ which will focus on skill-based education, a greater inflow of finance to attract talented teachers and innovate and build better labs.
- A degree level full-fledged online education programme along with apprenticeship embedded degree or diploma courses in 150 higher educational institutions is also proposed which will begin by March 2021.
- The report highlights the inability of the Indian education system to utilise the opportunity of internationalising the higher education system.
- Another challenge is a decentralised education system according to the report.
- Well-intentioned policy goals relating to future skills development often do not get filtered downward which is a problem in economies like the US and India.
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