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Deconstructing a Colonial Legacy: An Analysis of Indian Secondary Education Policy

TitleDeconstructing a Colonial Legacy: An Analysis of Indian Secondary Education Policy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChopra P
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published06/2017
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
KeywordsEquity, India, policy, secondary education

The Indian secondary education system has, since independence in 1947, strived to transform in terms of policy but failed to transcend in practice the challenges presented by the colonial legacy it inherited. This study draws on Hodgson and Spours (2006) analytical policy framework to critically examine three key Indian secondary education policy initiatives: the Mudaliar Commission Report (1952-1953); the Kothari Commission Report (1964-1966); and the Twelfth Five- Year Plan (2012-2017). The objectives of this study are to develop an insight into how three policy constructions of knowledge and intervention endeavour to: 1) impact access, governance, pedagogical approaches, curriculum reform and; 2) deepen an understanding of how this interplays with the challenges of inclusivity, equality, quality, equity, achievement and progression in Indian secondary education provision.