India’s Education Mess

Your Education is Our World

Delhi attempts to clean up a centuries-old school system

The technological prowess that has manifested itself in India’s high-tech industries and outsourcing capabilities as well as science and medicine over the last decade masks a terrible education deficiency. A third of India’s billion-strong population is illiterate and 70 million children are denied schooling of any kind.

In an attempt to begin to redress the problem, the Indian Parliament earlier this year amended the constitution to provide guarantees for free and compulsory education for children aged between six and 14. Termed a “national enterprise that would help shape up India’s future,” the government is thus seeking to deliver this right to every Indian child.

Unfortunately, that is a goal that was first articulated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1937 – 72 years ago. It remains far from fulfillment.

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