24th January, 2020

Bill Gates disappointed with Indias education denies foraying into it

In what may be a wakeup call for India’s policy-makers, Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates has said that his biggest disappointment in India is with the country’s education system.

The philanthropist emphasised that “It should be far better”. “I don’t want to be critical, but I do want to create higher expectations about it”, he added.

Not foraying into Education

Though Gates clarified saying that he did not foresee the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expand into India’s education sector.

Denying exploring the opportunity, he said, “We can’t do everything”.

On sanitation

It is notable that Gates collaborated with the Indian government as a part of Swachh Bharat campaign that would build toilets across the country.

Gates said the real challenge has been to get people to use the sanitation facilities available.

Gates emphasised to make quality facility units so that people are encouraged to use those.

Gates also met Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Nov 16. Singh is reported to have requested him to initiate health awareness programmes in India and concentrate on developing “model villages”.

Opportunity for Gates

The meeting is important as the Centre cancelled the licence of the Public Health Foundation of India in April. Gates foundation is one of the donors to the NGO. However, this matter was not discussed in this meeting.