Despite major efforts globally to improve access to education for students, one out of seven children still remain out of school, according to a new report by L.E.K. Consulting commissioned by Switzerland’s Jacobs Foundation.
The report found that over the last six years, the global out-of-school population has stagnated. Between 2000 to 2011, the number of out of school children dropped by approximately 100 million, driven by the abolition of school fees, construction of new schools and hiring of new teachers for the attainment of universal education. Some 50% of this drop was concentrated in 11 countries, with India alone accounting for a decline of 16 million out-of-school children.
However, more recently (the analysis runs to 2017 due to the availability of accurate data) the rate of improvement has come to a standstill. Today, one out of 11 primary school-age children and one out of three upper secondary school-age youth are not in school.……………………………………..