The UN has warned the United States to improve its education performance and stop punishing students and teachers who have worked hard to improve their own education.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has released its annual report on Education and Learning, which has been widely criticised for its high numbers of inaccuracies and poor reporting on key issues.
UNESCO has also raised concerns about the way it reports on US policies in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Latin America, the report said.
The report is a key source of information for policymakers, diplomats and policymakers themselves.
But some are concerned the United State is not reporting the true picture of its own education efforts.
Some have questioned the quality of the report, which covers the past four years, and the accuracy of the figures.
“UNESCO is an international organisation that does its best to represent the whole of humanity,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Guterre was speaking on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly session. “
We must not forget that education is the foundation of human development and the best way to create a sustainable and prosperous future for all humanity.”
Guterre was speaking on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly session.
He said that, despite the US government’s promises to improve educational standards, its own policies have done the opposite.
“This is the biggest challenge we face in education and education reform is the most challenging issue we face,” he said.
Guterers comments came a day after a United Nations report warned the US was failing to provide a credible assessment of its role in the education sector, particularly in Afghanistan.
“In Afghanistan, there is a clear and stark lack of accountability and transparency for U.S. education spending,” said the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Crisis Group.
“The U.s. government has repeatedly denied funding to Afghan education institutions and has failed to adequately address the high numbers or the low levels of transparency.”
The US Education Department has previously said it is committed to improving its educational performance and working to ensure that schools in Afghanistan are ready to serve the students.
However, the department did not provide any further detail on its efforts to achieve that goal.
“As part of the [UN] Global Education Strategy, we are committed to a global education agenda, which includes addressing the key needs of education for students and educators, including improving access to higher education, improving accountability, improving transparency and strengthening institutions,” said a spokesperson.
But the US Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, said the US is making progress.
“Education is not just about making a classroom or teaching a class; it is about connecting learners with opportunities and creating a stronger economy and the sense of community that students crave,” she said in a statement.
DeVos’ comments come just days after the United Nations released its first report on human rights violations committed in the country.
The UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan said the reports showed a growing lack of transparency about the US role in Afghanistan’s education system.
“With regard to the Afghan Education Accountability Act, the US failed to meet its obligation to implement the act,” the report read.
“It failed to provide information to the Committee about the actual number of U. S. school teachers, whether any U. s. teachers have been suspended for alleged violations, whether the United s. government is seeking to impose sanctions against U. US school teachers or whether sanctions were imposed on U.US teachers.
It did not inform the Committee that the United S. government’s investigation into the allegations against U s. school educators is ongoing.”
The United States has been criticised for a lack of progress in ensuring education is free and equal for students.
It has been accused of not enforcing the law, failing to protect the rights of teachers and school students and failing to hold responsible those who violate the law.
The U.N. special rapporteurs report into human rights abuses in Afghanistan concluded that the country has a “lack of transparency and accountability in schools, as well as in the enforcement of laws and policies relating to education and learning”.
The report said the United Kingdom was not doing enough to improve education standards.
It also found that the UK has a poor record in protecting the rights and interests of teachers, especially women, and children.
“I find that the Government of the United Kingdoms fails to provide teachers with the information required to provide the most accurate, up-to-date and consistent assessment of their skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to provide their best service to their students,” said Robert Todenhoeft, the UK special rapportureeur on education.
He added that “the UK Government’s record on education is dismal”.
The US is not the only country that has criticised the report.
In December, the United Arab Emirates announced it was cutting all funding to the UN Development Programme in Afghanistan due to the lack of education standards and accountability