A country which gave unto this world its first form of modern universities in form of Nalanda and Takshila, has landed itself in controversy by being declared as a nation which lags behind by 50 years in the field of education, according to a United Nations (UN) report. In short, it means that according to a UNESCO report released on 5th September, India would be unable to achieve universal educational goals by 2050. The latest report comes as a setback since UNESCO itself recently said that India has registered impressive growth in providing primary education.
Apologetically, it would unequivocally suggests that the state of affairs do not reflect a positive trajectory of growth for India. This is reflected by the fact that the universal primary education in India would be reached only by 2050, and if to be go by the accepted standards, than lower than secondary education by 2060, and quite unexpectedly, universal upper secondary education by 2085. In other words it means, on an aggregate, 60 million children lacking education by 2060, which is as astounding as a fact in itself.
Add to it the fact that according to the 2030 deadline, India, according to a report by Global Education Monitoring (GEM), would be only able to achieve sustainable development by introducing fundamental changes in its education sector.
Such a report comes as a grave setback to an aspiring superpower such as India, which projects itself as the modernizing face of Asia. As a matter of fact, the same report states that 60 million children in India receive little or no educational at all, including 11.1 million out of lower secondary schools; which is highest in the world. In addition comes the fact that 46.8 million of these mentioned students have never been able to even report to the schools, including the 2.9 million students who have not even attend primary school. The same report goes on to state that by 2020, there will be a shortage of 40 million workers within the tertiary education sector of India itself, which in any ways doesn’t meets up with the best standards.
According to the GEM report, presented by director Aaron Benavot, “Striving for development will mean little without a healthy planet. So, the new 2030 agenda for sustainable development unites global development and environmental goals.”
According to the same report, “40% of students worldwide are taught in a language that they don’t understand. But compared to India, which could be held as an example for other nations to follow, while the curriculum of half of the countries in Asia do not explicitly mention climate change, this country could boast of 300 million students who annually receive environmental education.”
The 2030 deadline for achieving sustainable development goals will be possible only if India introduces fundamental changes in the education sector, as has been held by the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report says.