The recent enactment of Right to Education as a fundamental right ensures formal education to children between ages 6 and 14. While the act brings a ray of hope, its actual effectiveness in empowering future generation is contingent upon urgent reforms in the education system. To begin with, there is a need to:
- make the quality and content of education imparted at school as well as in higher educational institutions commensurate to changing societal needs
- frequently upgrade educational curriculum with a focus on interdisciplinary knowledge in order to synchronize educational ability and skills with the demands of the work industry
- revamp the current evaluation system which is focused mainly on performance in examinations and results in an incomplete assessment of students’ strengths and weaknesses
- take concrete steps to address inequity in the quality of education imparted in government institutions as compared to privately run institutions
- improve teacher capacities and provide continuous in-service training
- integrate ICT tools in the provision of education and
- upgrade available educational infrastructural facilities.
Certainly, these efforts will provide a way forward in addressing some of the lacunas in India’s education sector. However, what are the possible pragmatic solutions for competently putting these recommendations into practice?