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Curriculum of Schools in India is Unfit and too Ambitious For the Children: UNESCO

Jan 31, 2014 13:21 IST

    The UNESCO has described the Syllabi of Indian Schools as too ambitious and unrealistic for the children, in its ‘The Education for All Global Monitoring Report’ of 2014, which was released on 29 January 2014.

    Report also described the curriculum of Vietnam to be focused on foundation skills, which very much matches with the learning capacity of children, are that way they are able to effectively learn and syllabus also pays attention to disadvantaged learners.

    On the contrary, curriculum of India widens learning gap as it outpaces what children can practically learn and accomplish in the given time, said the report.

    The education scene appears miserable in India and also it encompasses the largest number of adult illiterates in the world which are 287 million currently.

    The Global Monitoring Report (GMR) pointed out that finishing primary school in not always the guarantee for literacy. Even after completion of 4 years of schooling, 90% emerge illiterate and after 5-6 years of studies around 30% remain illiterate in India.

    It is no surprise that the status of girls not praiseworthy in India and Pakistan. Poor girls are more likely to not be able to do even basic calculations.

     One reason for the dull learning levels is that allocation per child still doesn't sufficiently reflect the cost of delivering quality education to the deprived.

    Notably, in the wealthy state Kerala, education spending per child was about Rs 42,470 whereas in contrast not so wealthy Bihar state spends just Rs 6,200 per pupil.

    India's high tax exemption has drawn criticism. The GMR believes that some middle income countries, such as Egypt, India and the Philippines can make use of improved taxes to mobilize domestic resources for education.

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