India has made significant progress in universalizing both primary and elementary education by showing holistic improvement in Gross Enrolment Ratio through implementation of education schemes and projects. The flagship programme of Sarva Shikha Abiyaan (SSA) coupled with the Right to Education Act (RTE) has accorded the highest priority for development of education. With a view to enhance enrolment, retention and attendance considerable efforts have been made so as to ensure that no child remains out of school. Even though India has come a long way in achieving equity and access to education, the goal of imparting quality education remains one of the major challenges.
The objective of providing quality elementary education has been affected by a number of factors such as inadequate resources, lack of basic infrastructure, low teacher recruitments, unavailability of trained teachers, relevance of content and pedagogy et al. A draft New Education Policy, 2019 (NEP) has recently been published by the Government of India, which aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4 i.e. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This paper aims to study all these nuances along with India’s efforts in achieving these goals. An analysis of the proposed NEP policy has been made to deep-dive into the Indian perspective with respect to SDG Goal 4. Further, it also analyses the financial challenges and gaps in the present system which need to be addressed.
Shailla Draboo, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India
Stream: Educational policy
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