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The Great Number Race and Challenge of Education

The emphasis on enrolment of children into schools in order to meet global norms has led to total neglect of the kind of education that is available to India's poor. While education must be the great equaliser it must be reconstructed to accommodate the varying needs and aspirations of different strata of society.

M ahatma Gandhi had dreamed about a school system that was rooted in the social and cultural context while at the same time ensuring good quality secular education accessible to all children in the country. But as the rst government assumed ofce, education for all was quickly forgotten. We carried on with the colonial system, partly because there were more pressing economic and political issues to tackle. Gandhijis plea for nai taleem (a fresh approach) in education was lost in the din of building a command economy.

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