Lack of accountability harms education sector: UNESCO report

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Lack of accountability harms education sector: UNESCO report, brainfeed magazine

The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report released recently says lack of accountability in the education sector is harming the progress in the field.

The report is brought out by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is a specialised agency of the United Nations based in Paris, France.

The GEM report suggests that governments of different nations should adopt mechanisms to fix responsibility in the education sector.

The report focussed on the responsibility of all stakeholders in the education sector, including government, to provide universal and quality education.

The GEM report also stressed that accountability is indispensable in attaining the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Shigeru Aoyagi, director and UNESCO representative, said, “Millions of children not going to school and many not achieving minimum proficiency levels at school indicate that education systems are not on track.”

Some of the recommendations mentioned in the report include –

a) creating an accountability system for schools and teachers that is supportive
b) avoiding punitive mechanisms, especially those based on narrow performance measures
c) allowing democratic participation
d) respecting media freedom to scrutinise education
e) setting up independent institutions to handle complaints
f) developing credible and efficient regulations with associated sanctions for all education providers that ensure non-discrimination and the quality of education
g) making the right to education justiciable