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India 50 years behind in achieving basic education goals: UNESCO
With the current education system in place, India will be 50 years late in achieving its universal education goals, a report published by UNESCO on Monday has said.
According to the report that has been prepared by Global Education Monitoring (GEM), India will achieve universal primary education by 2050, universal lower secondary education in 2060 and universal upper secondary education in 2085; late by more than half a century.

According to the standards set by UNESCO, India falls within the average of Southern Asia, where universal primary education goals will be achieved in 2051, lower secondary in 2062, and upper secondary in 2087.

The report states that the country would be "more than half a century late for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deadline." It also states that India has the highest number of out-of-school students in the lower secondary level and at the upper secondary level, 46.8 million are out of school.

Over 11.1 million students in India do not go to schools in lower-secondary level while 2.9 million students do not even attend primary school. Over 60 million children receive little or no education. The report says that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 40 million workers with tertiary education.

India will be able to meet the deadline of 2030 and achieve sustainable development goals only if India introduces fundamental changes in the education sector, the report says.

"A fundamental change is needed in the way we think about education's role in global development because it has a catalytic impact on the well-being of individuals and the future of our planet," said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.

Another report titled "Education for People and Planet" has revealed that despite India's poor performance in Education sector, Indian students receive some education about the environment.

"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.

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