An Education in India's Learning Outcomes

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An Education in India's Learning Outcomes


New Delhi, April 13 -- Examination season is stressful for both students and their families, and the stakes could hardly be higher. Within the next decade, India will be home to the world's largest pool of human resources. How can India make the most of this opportunity?

In today's global marketplace, where the demand for skills of greater complexity is on the rise, a good secondary education is a necessity. While earlier eight years of education might have been enough, now the minimum is 10 years. Today, however, less than half of India's 15-year-olds - just 44% - complete Class 10.

If India is to build a globally competitive workforce, a larger share of its children must finish secondary education. Moreover, the emphasis on girls' education should be maintained at the secondary level. India can certainly achieve this. Since 2001, it has brought record numbers of children into primary schools. And, in the last six years, some 10 million more have been enrolled in secondary education, with gender parity being achieved at both the primary and secondary level.

While money can help upgrade infrastructure, imparting quality education will call for sustained effort. China, for example, has increased enrolment while also improving quality of education. Its success can be attributed to education reforms that transformed pedagogy and focused classroom activities on problem solving.

If India is to ramp up the quality of secondary education, its teachers will need to be trained to teach for the 21st century. Teaching methods will need to be upgraded and embedded within the system, and multimedia aids to learning be used to supplement classroom instruction. …

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