The latest to come under fire over Bhopal’s ‘overseasing’ school education
The International Education Bureau (IEB) says the country’s foreign-funded education system has “overseased” in recent years.
The watchdog says that since 2013, the number of foreign teachers in India has dropped by 50 per cent while the number employed in India’s domestic education sector has increased by over 30 per cent.
The report, released on Thursday, comes as the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for failing to boost the domestic education system and its funding.
“Since the implementation of the ‘National Education Policy’ in 2014, the government has been making progress in increasing the number and size of domestic teachers and the number engaged in domestic education.
But we have failed to meet the national demand for teachers and have only managed to ‘oversoaze’ the domestic sector by increasing the numbers of foreign workers,” IEB deputy general secretary Arun Prakash said.
“In recent years, the share of foreign teaching in the Indian public school sector has decreased from 33 per cent in 2013-14 to 12 per cent this year.
In 2017-18, it was 13 per cent and this year it is 15 per cent,” he said.”
In the same period, the percentage of domestic staff working in domestic educational establishments has increased from 7 per cent to 9 per cent.”
The IEB said it had identified four factors that led to the underfunding of Indian education:The first is a lack of funding and the second is a failure to implement the National Education Policy.
The third is the failure to address the “national crisis” of teacher shortages, the fourth is a general lack of education sector training in India and the fifth is a “lack of understanding of the role of teachers in improving educational outcomes.”
The report notes that the number who are trained in India is “significantly higher than in other countries and is increasing”.
“The current national shortage of teachers is one of the main reasons for this.
The national government has not yet addressed the problem of a shortage of skilled teachers and has also failed to develop and implement a robust training and employment strategy,” the IEB warned.”
The lack of training in teaching and the shortage of qualified teachers have led to an increase in teaching vacancies.
This is a serious problem for the Indian education system.”