India unlikely to achieve education goals before 2085: UNESCO

NEW DELHI:   The new UNESCO report says that India will be half a century late in achieving universal primary education goals and its global educational commitments. The Country needs serious fundamental changes in the education system if it wants to meet the sustainable development goals by 2030, said a UNESCO report.

The report, which is titled as ‘Global Education Monitoring’ (GEM) states that the universal primary education in Southern Asia will be achieved in the year 2051, lower secondary in the year 2062, and upper secondary in the year 2087 based on the current trends.

India roughly falls within the same average and is expected to achieve the universal primary education in the year 2050, universal lower secondary education in the year 2060 and universal upper secondary education in the year 2085.

The report says that 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. It also talks of another report, ‘Education for People and Planet’, in which it shows the need for the education systems to step up attention to all the environmental concerns.

“The new global development agenda calls for education ministers and other education actors to work in collaboration with all other sectors”, the GEM report said.

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