There is finally some good news for the education sector in India. According to the recently published UNESCO global education report, India has managed to reduce its population of 'out of school' children by more than 90%.
Smriti Irani, the central HRD minister was quoted saying "In fact, India is predicted to be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls to boys in both primary and secondary education,"
According to the Education for All 2000-2015 report, as many as 47% countries in the world have achieved universal pre-primary enrolment. Apart from these, close to 8% countries, including India, are about to achieve this target.
The report also urged the nations to seek a way to fill in the $22 billion gap for the resources needed to provide high quality pre primary and basic education to all the children by the year 2030.
In a meeting, the HRD minister said "a new paradigm of education that fosters knowledge, analytical skills, vertical reasoning and the ability to imagine beyond the given is being adopted"
The report also said that India still has a long way to go in achieving gender parity and adult literacy, saying that 32% countries, including India, are nowhere close to achieving the desired levels of adult literacy.