We Need Education
As the grim beast of the 2019 general election skulks closer, voters are girding themselves for tall claims and empty rhetoric, but never a serious speech about something like education and expenditure. Are we spending enough on primary and secondary school education and are we making the most of what we do spend? Earlier this month, the NGO Pratham published its 13th annual status of education report (ASER) and while the overall picture is marginally brighter, with government schools reporting an improvement in reading and arithmetical ability, the quality of Indian education remains dismal. Development in a country like India, where the demographic skews young, must include comprehensive education for all. However, India spends only 2.8% of its GDP on education, well below the world’s average of 4.8% (2015). India is also doing worse in international assessments than its South Asian neighbours and fellow BRICS nations.