India has the LARGEST illiterate population in the world. According to UNESCO (@UNESCO), India’s literacy rate is at 74%. While we have made progress in improving literacy over the years, we are still home to 287 million illiterate people. This is 37% of the global total. While we might be enrolling more and more children in schools, are they actually learning anything? The focus on attendance has grown, but what about the QUALITY of education that's being imparted? While India’s literacy rate rose from 48% in 1991 to 63% in 2006, population growth cancelled the gains. So, as a country, there was no change in the number of illiterate adults. The report also states that India is among the 21 countries facing an “extensive” learning crisis. This can only be combated with a competent education system that helps young children overcome the many…
Kerala: #1 in literacy rate and #2 in crime rate. What are we doing wrong?
It is globally expected that literacy and crime rates have a negative correlation. Even though illiteracy is only one factor among many others that contribute to a high crime rate in a country, education undoubtedly plays an important role. However, this has not been true in the case of Kerala. It is now disputed that crime is committed even by the most educated individuals and many times illiterate people have exhibited high moral fibre.
Does this indicate that the education being imparted in our schools is not focused towards producing independent-thinking, moral and ethical pupils? Even though many schools claim that they incorporate policies and practices in such a way that all students excel academically, it can be observed that those students also portray undesirable behaviours like bullying or cheating on exams.
The strong and singular emphasis on getting good marks or just passing exams in schools has led …
Only 250 certified sign language interpreters in India, translating for a deaf population of 18 million.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the 13th day of December, 2006 stated principles for empowerment of persons with disabilities which included: full and effective participation and inclusion in society, equality of opportunity; accessibility; respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. Even though India is a signatory to this convention not much has been done in this pursuit. Though, whatever has been done is highly disproportionate across people with different disabilities.