As a new administration gets set to take the reins, the EELC’s Report on the State of Education provides a point of critical engagement with the challenges encountered by the outgoing administration and offers some proposals to reverse the regressive trends which have characterised the last five years. Having conducted research across some of our central thematic areas of work, the report reveals shrinking education budgets, chronic underspending and a consistent failure to meet set targets as trends cutting across the entire education system. The report also reveals further system failures relating to the quality and availability of data, the lack of coordination and cooperation of government departments and other stakeholders, as well as severe legislative and policy gaps and implementation barriers.