India’s education sector is a victim of poor policies, restrictive regulations and orthodoxy. Despite being enrolled in schools, children do not learn adequately. Increasingly, parents seek alternatives through private inputs in school and tuition. Students drop out from secondary schools in spite of high financial returns of secondary education; those who do complete possess an inferior conceptual understanding. Higher education is over-regulated and under-governed, keeping away serious private providers and reputed global institutes.
Graduates from high schools, colleges and universities are not readily employable, and few are willing to pay for skill development. Ironically, the Right to Education Act, if strictly enforced, will result in closure of thousands of non-state schools, and millions of poor children will be left without access to education.
Quality education is need of the hour. Besides, it is imperative for education to reach poorer sections unable to access better education due to financial limitations and low awareness.