December 23, 2011

Eleven things that can transform education in India

I have often said that the future of India depends largely upon the future of education in our country. The demographic dividend that so many of us so proudly talk about, will actually be a mirage and also be counterproductive, if we continue with the kind of education system that we currently have in India. Along with eradication of needless delays in the judicial system and a the required massive investment in health, I would rate reforms in education as the most important vision that we need to implement in order to reap dividends out of this young demographic. And we really don’t have much time left.

After six long decades, India finally realised the importance of declaring education as our fundamental right, which was waiting its materialisation since Independence. This, I believe is not only very critical in revamping the entire education system of the nation, but also acts as the stepping stone towards education reforms. Starting with the Sarva Skhisha Abhiyaan program launched in 2001, this process has culminated in a policy that mandates free and compulsory education for all Indian children under the age of 14.

Fundamental right to education also ensures that all schools (be it private or public) have some seats reserved for the underprivileged class of society. This will ensure that all children born in India are more or less assured of at least basic education. However, we need to make sure that school under SSA should have basic infrastructure along with dedicated service providers (read: teachers). Even today there is a shortage of around 3 lakh classrooms at elementary level and 1.70 lakh classroom at secondary school level with more than half of all schools lacking basic sanitary and water facilities.

However, the above steps would reap partial results and would only benefit a single class of society if we fail to bridge gender discrimination in education. Thus, the second critical step that we need to consciously take is to invest massively in education of girls and women. Worldwide, study after study has proven that when the women are educated, the social and economic benefits that accrue to a country are enormous-including the minimization of social evils. One of the key reasons behind the state of Kerala having such envious indicators of Human Development is the high literacy rates for females.
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19 comments:

Ashwani Sharma said...
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Gaurav said...

Education is very important for us because our future is depends on better education

Praditya said...

Very great thinking about education. Good Education play important role in our life.....

Ranveer said...

The really critic What the government is not realising right now is that education which is a source of human capital can create wide income inequalities.

sweety said...

If the government does not improve education system particularly in rural areas the rich will become richer and the poor will get poorer.

Harvinder Kumar said...

Certain policy measures need to be taken by the government.

simran said...

The basic thrust of government education spending today must surely be to ensure that all children have access to government schools and to raise the quality of education in those schools.

rani said...

The government needs to spend more money from its coffers on education.

Sanjay said...

I hope government takes certain appropriate policy measures to improve the education system otherwise inequalities are going to be widespread and India’s basic capabilities will remain stunted. Let us strengthen the case for a stronger education system.

bodhan said...

The educational system in India is theoretical and requires a serious revamping exercise.

chandan kumar said...

The foundation of every country is the education of its youth.

steve said...

Learning is extremely imperative for us for the reason that our future is depends on better edification
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hariattedsouza said...

Thanks for the factual write up.
I would like to add some points.
• That our education should focus on the school level too, if teaching done through technology like PPT & slideshows will maintain the interest of the child.
• Our curriculum should have a syllabus that is related to society and co-curricular activities in school will also be helpful for the overall development of the child.
Looking forward to such articles.

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