India will be half a century late in achieving its global education commitments, states a UNESCO report. The country needs to make fundamental changes in the education system if it wants to meet the 2030 sustainable development goals, the report stated.
Based on current trends, UNESCO's new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report says that universal primary education in Southern Asia will be achieved in 2051, lower secondary in 2062, and upper secondary in 2087.
ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
India is expected to achieve universal primary education in 2050, universal lower secondary education in 2060 and universal upper secondary education in 2085, it said.
"This means the region would be more than half a century late for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deadline," it added.
The report says there is an urgent need for greater headway in education and the sector needs a major transformation to fulfil the needed potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet.
EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
It also talks of another report, Education for People and Planet, which it said, shows the need for education systems to step up attention to environmental concerns.
"While in the majority of countries, education is the best indicator of climate change awareness, half of countries' curricula worldwide do not explicitly mention climate change in their content. India is an exception, where currently some 300 million school students receive some environmental education," it said.
The statistics cited in the report have revealed only six per cent of adults in the poorest countries and only five in India have ever attended literacy programmes, once they pass the formal schooling system.