What could be the magnitude of India's treasure of the cognitive capital if every Indian child got a learning environment in schools that could lead him/her to the expected levels of learner achievements in the initial years?
The Constitution of India directed the state over six decades ago to provide equality of opportunity in education to every child up to 14 years of age, irrespective of any conceivable diversity, not only in access but also in success. Every year the gap in education is increasing. For governments, progress is determined only in terms of the increase in the number of schools and other institutions. As a specific example take the case of Gautam Buddha Nagar, a district in Uttar Pradesh which is also part of the NCR-Delhi. It is being claimed to the most well-planned and modern district. For 88,000 children in government schools studying up to Class VIII, there are only 1,500 teachers. They need 2,371 more teachers. No one knows when the additional teachers would be available.
The aim should be to provide a learning place that treats everyone equally, including the last man, as defined by Gandhiji.