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Teacher shortage in India: Myth or Reality?

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One of the important debates in education policy has been on improving educational achievement within schools. It has been widely recognized that one of the pivotal determinants of students' achievement is quality of teachers. The importance of highly qualified teachers has also been recognised in public policy. The speaker critically examines whether there is any deficit of teachers in the public elementary schools of India which is a widespread perception and reiterated in India's National Education Policy, 2020. The presentation also highlights the major economic efficiencies that can result from an evidence-based approach to education policy making.

About the Speakers

Prof Kingdon holds the Chair of ‘Education Economics and International Development’ at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries. She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s ‘Joint Review Missions’ of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP’s Advisory Committee on Basic Education. In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for “her outstanding contributions to education and development”.

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