Against the backdrop of rapid economic growth and increased demand for
skilled workers, and set within the framework of the recently agreed
Sustainable Development Goals, the Government of India’s national
mission for secondary education, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan,
has set an ambitious target of achieving near-universal enrolment in
secondary education by 2017.
This policy brief presents longitudinal analysis from Young Lives in
Andhra Pradesh. In the most recent survey round, 71% of children had
completed secondary school at age 19. Longitudinal data allows us to
analyse the factors which help or hinder children to progress through
school – including gender, household wealth and ethnic background, and
school achievement at early ages. This link to early grade achievement
has significant policy implications for primary school programmes such
as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao as well as the
recently amended Child Labour Amendment Act. There is now a strong
imperative to ensure that children are provided with quality teaching
and relevant curriculum if they are to pursue their education and
acquire the skills required for the twenty-first century.
Singh, R.; Mukherjee, P. Factors Affecting Successful Completion of Secondary Education in India: Lessons from Young Lives. Young Lives in India, New Delhi, India (2016) 4 pp.
Factors Affecting Successful Completion of Secondary Education in India: Lessons from Young Lives