Improvement In Education After Freedom |
OnIndia’s education system, places the current issues facing education in Indiain a historical context. * Since Independence, successive Indian governments have had to address a numberof key challenges with regard to education policy, which has always formed acrucial part of its development agenda. The key challenges are: * improving access and quality at all levels of education; * increasing funding, especially with regard to higher education; * improving literacy rates. * Currently, while Indian institutes of management and technology areworld-class, primary and secondary schools, particularly in rural areas, facesevere challenges. * While new governments commonly pledge to increase spending on education and bringin structural reforms, this has rarely been delivered in practice. * Most of the changes undertaken by the previous BJP-led government were aimed atreforming the national curricula, and have been criticized for attempting to‘Hindu-ize’ India’s traditionally secular education system. * Improving the standards of education in India will be a critical test for thecurrent Congress-led government. It will need to resolve concerns over thecontent of the curriculum, as well as tackling the underlying challenges toeducation.