Fascinating Facts about the Indian Education System

Fascinating Facts about the Indian Education System

Nelson Mandela said, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’  

Well, in India that ‘education’ and ‘power’ both are the ‘weapons’ of the privileged. Although education is reaching street to street and house to house, but in the process of catering to the needs of the population which is on a constant rise, the quality often gets compromised.

Let’s take a peek at some of the interesting and equally shocking facts on Indian education.

  • There are more than 774 million illiterate people in the world out of which India has the largest number of illiterate people which is about around 268 million (a whopping 35 % of the total) – who cannot read, write or make a reasoned decision.

  • India spends about 3% of its GDP on education, while on the other hand the ‘developed countries’ spends about 5.8% on an average.

  • The ‘higher education enrollment ratio’ in the United States of America is a whopping 83% which is in steep contrast to that of India which is a mere 11%.

  • Literacy rate for women is lower than that of men. And the literacy rate for women is highly inconsistent throughout India. The proportion of literate women varies in different states. The female literacy rate of Kerala is 86%, that of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh is 55-60% and that of rural Rajasthan has only 12%.

  • Since 2001, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has worked towards getting about 20 million students into schools, of which most of them are first generation learners.

  • One third of the worlds’ research papers and articles are produced by the US In the global picture, India is credited for producing less than 3% and less than 1% for research papers and citations respectively.

  • Even the prestigious IIT’s have reported a shortage of about 20%-30% in their teaching faculty.

  • According to official estimates, 13 million children are working to contribute to the livelihood.

  • It was found in a study that, 65% of school children in the slums of Hyderabad attend private schools. This establishes the fact that if given a chance, people would prefer private schools instead of government schools despite the fact that government schools provide them ‘free education’.

Article by Shivangi Mehta, Intern, Yes! I Am Happy

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