Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports, etc.

Cabinet approves education reforms


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: SSA,  Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, etc.

Mains level: Reforms approved by the central government.


Cabinet decision on education reforms

  1. The Cabinet has recently approved a slew of reforms for school education in the country, in what could be considered as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 2 project
  2. The reforms aims to support the States in universalising access to school education from pre-nursery to Class 12 across the country

Particulars of the reforms

  1. The SSA, the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and teacher training would be integrated into a single scheme from Classes 1 to 12
  2. The integrated scheme will be in place from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020, with an estimated allocation of Rs. 75,000 crore over the period, a 20% increase over the current allocation
  3. There would be a shift to digital blackboards from Class 9 to college education in the next five years
  4. The government will provide a 20% incentive to the States for a learning-outcome based education

Other steps taken by the government

  1. The Centre has also approved an increase in the outlay for making educational loans interest-free for students with modest financial means for studying in universities and colleges charging high fees
  2. The interest subsidy will last till one year of their passing out of college
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