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Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019

Topics Covered: Issues related to education.

Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019

What to study?

For Prelims: Key findings.

For Mains: India’s performance- challenges and ways to address them.

 Context: Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019 report was published by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

About the index:

Commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation. Developed to assess the effectiveness of education systems in preparing students for the demands of work and life in a rapidly changing landscape. Significance: 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.

How are countries ranked?

Countries are ranked based on their abilities to equip students with skill-based education. The rankings are based on three categories:

  1. Policy environment.
  2. Teaching environment.
  3. Overall socio-economic environment.

India’s performance:

  1. Ranked 35th. Jumped five ranks from the 40th rank.
  2. Scored 53.
  3. India’s growth is attributed to the new national education policy introduced and published in 2019.
  4. The policy mentions future-oriented skills such as critical thinking, communication and entrepreneurship.

Global performance:

  • Finland topped the index followed by Sweden.
  • 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.

Challenges ahead:

  1. Inability of the Indian education system to utilise the opportunity of internationalising the higher education system.
  2. A decentralised education system.

Sources: ET.