India shows poor standards of education according to the latest UNESCO report
Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016; Image Courtesy: en.unesco.org
In the recent light of Teachers Day celebrations, our teachers were honoured and celebrated for their contribution to the successes of many. However, India still faces problems related to the quality of education imparted by the teachers and the number of teachers currently working in the primary, secondary and higher education spectrum. UNESCO recently released its Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report which says that India falls short of the education level required to reach the sustainable development goals chalked out until the year 2030. It also says that India will have to recruit a large number of additional teachers to achieve the goal by 2030.
The quality of education in India suffers a great deal due to the lack of resources and the quality of training given to the teachers as well. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has invited recommendations and suggestions to the Draft of the National Education Policy 2016 (NEP) to analyze and resolve issues pertaining to teachers and the education system of India. According to the 2014-2015 report published by the HRD Ministry of India, 6404 primary schools had no teachers while 11249 schools (secondary and higher secondary included) had no teachers as well. This was a poor record reflected by the Indian education system. Moreover, there are over 6 lakh teachers who do not have the right qualifications for the job.
Seeing this potential problem and the need to resolve it, Tata Trusts are focusing on improving the quality of teaching and education in India. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences introduced a Masters in Elementary Education program that caters to the training and development of professionals in this field, back in 2008. Further training programs, use of technology and other techniques are being used to address this issue. It has been working religiously along with some premier institutes to provide good training and background to the teachers to improvise the education spectrum and reach the goal set out by UNESCO of sustainable education to all.