FICCI Arise Analyses Indian School Education after 71 years of Independence

New Delhi, August 18: As India completes 71 years of Independence, FICCI Arise a collegium of members representing various facets of the education ecosystem takes the opportunity to analyze the progress our country has made in the school education system. While India has made significant strides in providing education to its citizens, which is evident from the considerable rise in our literacy rate that has increased from 12 % to 75%, there is a growing need for the Government to increase its education spends. India’s per capita (PPP basis) spend on education is US$500, which is about 4 times less than the average per capita spend of upper middle-income countries. Countries like Finland, Singapore and US are making huge investments in R&D and Innovation and leading the global K-12 space.

PrabhatJain, Chairman, FICCI Arise says, “The Education system of a nation plays most vitalrole in nation building, not just for current generation but generations tocome. India of 21st century is young, ambitious, aspirational and eager tobridge the gap with developed economies. It is poised to be a global power inthis century and in order to achieve this dream, it is necessary that theacademic ecosystem facilitates quality education”.  

Prabhatadds, “In lastfew decades ‘need for imparting quality education; has rapidly changed into ‘demandfor quality education’. This demand has led to more and more students optingfor self-financed institutions. Today over 43% of school students are enrolledin self-financed independent educational institutions’’. 

There is aneed to devise commercially viable PPP models to attract private sector to comeforward and run government schools with sufficient autonomy to innovate and runsustainable operations.  Such a model should have requisite measurables’to assess the improvement and impact. FICCI ARISE and the Governmentof Haryana have jointly launched Project Hum Saarthi, aprogramme to catalyze quality transformations in the government school system.The programme is launched with a vision to help every child to actualizehis/her potential where they can contribute in nation building. 

Mr. ManitJain, Co-Chair, FICCI Arise said “21st century classrooms require 21st century teachers whocan take up the role of mentoring and as a learning facilitator; we need torightfully glorify and make teaching one of the most noble and aspiredprofessions. We must ensure adequate training and development for teachers toimprove quality of education. Such Motivated teachers should be rendered amodern day working environment with independence for experimentation andinnovation.” 

There is astrong need to uplift our education system which is embedded in rote learningto a place that fosters creativity, analytical thinking, problem solving inlearners, our system requires rethinking the traditional education model andadopting cutting edge teaching practices.  There is a need to reimaginethe existing heavily regulated and restrictive system to one that provides anenabling and facilitative policy framework that not only incentivizes andpromotes good performers and challenges low performers. This enabling frameworkshould promote the highest standards of governance and transparency based onprinciples of self-regulation. Lastly, there is a need to create a crediblethird-party rating system that can be used to classify schools into differentcategories based on a variety of input and output measures.

Ms.Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI said “In the journey of last90 years, FICCI has witnessed the evolution of the Indian economy frompre-independence to post independence, from the plan era to liberalization,from a closed economy to a vibrant global player. Through all these times, wehave continued to support all our stakeholders towards making India afountainhead of all the activities which lead to human development. We continueto envisage this growth trajectory where today’s learners will rewrite thestory of new India”.


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