India has made substantial improvements in ensuring access to education for every child through new infrastructure and recruitment of teachers, and the need of the hour is to progress to ensuring delivery of quality education for all, according to experts.
On the occasion of International Day of Education on Tuesday, the Central Square Foundation (CSF), a leading education non-profit, hosted a forum to engage with experts from the education sector on key learning outcome-based reforms outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.
"While India has made substantial improvements in ensuring access to education for every child by providing new infrastructure and massive recruitment of teachers, etc., the need of the hour is to progress from access to education to ensuring delivery of quality education for all children. "Effective and transparent approaches to deliver on school, system and student level outcomes have been correctly identified as key systemic drivers of improvement by the NEP 2020," said Harish Doraiswamy, project director with the CSF.
"Alongside steps being taken to implement NEP 2020 in letter and spirit, these systemic drivers should also be prioritised. This forum will serve as a pivotal platform for key stakeholders in the education sector to deliberate, conceptualise and build a common approach towards achieving these objectives," he said.
The forum was organised to find a common pathway and develop an actionable understanding among key government and civil society stakeholders to achieve the objectives regarding furthering the learning outcomes among schoolchildren, as outlined in the NEP 2020 document.
According to experts, 98.6 per cent of children within the age group of 6-10 are enrolled in schools but the learning outcomes at the primary level leave much to be desired. The findings of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022 indicated that the worst fears about learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children between the age group of 4-9 years might come true. Geeta G Kingdon, Chair of Education and International Development at University College London, spoke about the need for setting up an autonomous regulator, as suggested in the NEP.