Universalizing Secondary Education in India: Is SGD4 achievable?
The Education 2030 agenda adopted in 2015 provides a new international vision for education. Its main objective is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all”. How can countries best plan for the implementation of this ambitious and comprehensive education vision? This question will be the focus of the 2016 IIEP Strategic Debate series.
- Speaker: Keith Lewin, Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex
- Discussant: Jordan Naidoo, Director, Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination, UNESCO
- Moderator: Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist, IIEP-UNESCO
The Education 2030 agenda commits countries to provide universal access to education up to Grade 12 by 2030. This goal reflects aspirations to ensure the right to education for all, to address growing inequalities at educational levels above primary, and to meet new educational needs. In India, the Government has committed to universalizing completion of secondary school by 2020. But whether this goal can be reached will depend upon several factors: the supply of qualified entrants; equitable access; a more efficient strategy concerning location, size, and operation of secondary schools; curricula reform; and questions of affordability, funding, and resource allocation. Using large scale research data, this Strategic Debate will identify both bottlenecks and opportunities which are likely to affect the successful implementation of the country’s secondary education development programme.