Education is the most important building block of a nation’s development. India, in particular, has majorly had a snail’s growth in that sector though. While matching the international standards is a far-fetched thought, it has struggled to even have a stable growth and hold.
In February 2017, Union Minister Arun Jaitley announced an outlay of INR 79,685.95 crore for the education sector for the financial year 2017-18. Out of which, INR 46,356.25 was for the school sector and the rest for higher education.
However, the rampant corruption in the Indian education system creates a long-term negative impact. Educational corruption is considered to be a major source of black money in India. In 2016, income tax officers recovered INR 43 crore in unaccounted cash from various medical institutions. The amount summed to about 500 crores just from Bengaluru and Puducherry.
Apart from this, Indian institutions also lack basic infrastructure. As per 2016 Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER), only 68.7% schools had useable toilet facility. 3.5% schools in India have no toilets at all. Lack of toilets is a major reason why many parents are apprehensive about sending their girl child to school.
There is a major dearth of good teachers as well. Teaching is not considered to be a respectable profession in India. There is also no yardstick to measure a teacher’s credibility and skill set. The growth ladder in the profession is undefined. Hence, the need of the hour is a framework to help a teacher chart a career path based on his/her own competency and help him/her understand his/her own development.