Education in the Emerging World

After the recent cabinet reshuffle, Mr Shashi Tharoor has been re-inducted in to the government, this time as Minister of State in the HRD Ministry.

Here, he shares his thoughts on the key education issues to be addressed in the emerging world if the big education challenges are to be addressed. The article does quite a good job of setting out what are the key issues, but is very light on real ideas for solutions. Maybe it’s a little unfair to expect that at this stage as he’s only just joined the Ministry, but solutions are surely the need of the hour. I also feel he tries to get away with a bit of a trick when he claims that the Right to Education Act in India “has had a large impact.” Considering that in most States implementation of the Act has barely started and in some not at all, this is an extravagant and unsubstantiated claim.

Still, overall, an interesting article as a summary of where we are right now:

The Emerging World’s Education Imperative – Shashi Tharoor

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