However, I'd assert that it is NOT necessary to overhaul the education system to bring in entrepreneurship education (Clarification: There are many great reasons to review the education system and it is indeed needed, my assertion is simply that reform is not a necessary pre-requistite specifically for entrepreneurship education). In fact it may not be advisable to try to bring in entrepreneurship even with a new system - imagine getting a teacher that's been teaching one way for ever to try to adopt a new way of thinking and teaching almost overnight! This is critical because entrepreneurship is not a technical subject per se - there is an art and a science to it and, even more importantly, a way of thinking and even being. It's hard to pass on entrepreneurialism if one doesn't have it.
So what's a government facing an 'entrepreneurship eduction imperative' to do? How about running a parallel track focused on entrepreneurship that's loosely tied to the main curriculum?
The public education system comprises among other things: teachers and staff, schools and physical facilities and the funding to run it all, provided by the state. What if the state procured experienced professional business and entrepreneurship training providers to deliver an 'entrepreneurship curriculum' parallel to the main course of education?
All it would really need is a budgetary provision and a procurement (easier said than done of course). The existing physical infrastructure doesn't have to change and no need trying to transform a teacher into an entrepreneurial person - if they are not.