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Lack of accountability jeopardising India’s education System: UNESCO report

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The UNESCO has revealed in one of its report that lack of accountability is hindering the progress in education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report was launched by the UNESCO in New Delhi this week. Highlighting in the report that providing the education at par with global standards is the responsibility of the Government and education stakeholders, the organisation also emphasised that accountability is necessary to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Millions of children not going to school and many not achieving minimum proficiency levels at school indicate that education systems are not on track. The report provides clear evidence on accountability tools that are working and that are not,” Shigeru Aoyagi, director and UNESCO representative said.

The report also recommended some solutions to the problem; one of them was to create a supportive accountability system for teachers and administration by schools. The report also suggested that punitive mechanisms— especially those based on narrow performance measures— should be avoided, democratic participation should be allowed, independent institutions should be set up to handle complaints and media freedom to scrutinise the education system should be respected.

Developing credible and efficient regulations for all education providers and making the right to education justifiable was also among the recommendations given in the report.

 

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