World Bank: Middle East countries need to overhaul education systems

A new report from the World Bank shows that the education system needs overhaul in countries in the Middle East and North Africa, so that they can meet with the demands of an increasingly competitive world.

The report entitled 'The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and North Africa' provides a comprehensive economic analysis of the impact of education investments on the region. The report notes that 40 years of education investment has closed the gender gap at the primary school level and resulted in nearly universal education. The report states that education system must be changed to deliver new skills and expertise necessary to excel in a more competitive environment. It means that students in the region requires more soft skills, problem solving capacity, communications, knowledge of foreign language. According to Michal Rutkowski, Sector Director for Human Development in the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region, countries in the region are not enjoying the same returns on education investment at the higher-education level as some fast-growing middle-income countries in Asia, like Malaysia and the Republic of Korea.