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Achieving SDG 4 in India: Moving from Quantity to Quality Education for All

Published in 2018

Abstract: India has made significant progress towards implementing the scheme of Education for All. Several key programmes and policies have been initiated to provide free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right. Initiatives such as Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Right to Education (RTE) have given the desired impetus to education system in India. Though it has significantly improved the enrolment rates across the country in primary education, challenges remain to be addressed. The broad focus of the paper is on the current approaches adopted by India to contextualise Goal 4 on education of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Indian context by integrating them into the formulation of New Education Policy and its positive impact on achieving quality education, as emphasised in SDG 4.  It examines the trends in education attainments at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in India and  explores some major challenges facing the  quality education  and accessibility issues in education sector.