Education in it's current form is not a way to fight poverty. Churning out people who can pass a standardized test and attempting to fit them to a mold solves no problems. If education is to truly attempt to fight poverty then it should focus on learning, and providing apprenticeships for people who do not want to focus on STEM learning. A more individualized approach should be taken, which obviously can't be done without an increased budget.
To say that the only way to fight poverty is through education is a farce though.