Urgency of inclusive education

Nallur, Varun and Thomas, Alex M. (2018) Urgency of inclusive education. The Book Review, 42 (5). pp. 31-32. ISSN 0970-4175

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With 1.1 million schools, 143 million students and 4.9 million teachers, the government school system in India is one of the largest and most complex public systems across the world. The past three decades have seen an exponential rise in the number of schools and enrolment due to various government initiatives. However, issues such as caste, class, gender and religious inequalities still persist in our country and they have a strong correlation with student attendance, retention, and dropouts. These issues will remain unabated unless the beliefs and attitudes of the different stakeholders gravitate towards the ideals of diversity and inclusivity as envisaged by our Constitution. Most contemporary policy discourses focus on school choice, teacher accountability, assessments, and ICT in education. What is missing and urgently needed is the creation of a learning environment in schools and classrooms that enables inclusivity, and not one where inequalities are reproduced.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Nallur, Varun and Thomas, Alex M.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, classroom, School education, Inequality, Diversity
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Social sciences > Education > Elementary education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Field Institutes > Field Institute - Karnataka > Field Institute - Bengaluru
Full Text Status: Public
Note: DYNAMICS OF INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM: SOCIAL DIVERSITY, INEQUALITY AND SCHOOL EDUCATION IN INDIA Edited by Manoj Kumar Tiwary, Sanjay Kumar, and Arvind Kumar Mishra Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad, 2017, pp. xiii + 327, R945.00
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/144
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