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Entry, Engagement and Empowerment: Dilemmas for Inclusive Education in an Indian Context
Entry, Engagement and Empowerment: Dilemmas for Inclusive Education in an Indian Context
Nidhi Singal
Introduction

The Indian education system, like the society it nourishes, is set in a landscape of diversity and vastness. In a country with the second largest population in the world, 22 official languages and various socio-economic groupings, the education system must account for this multiplicity. India has the largest number of school-aged children in the world with 146.4 million in the 6–10-year age group (UNESCO, 2005). The teaching workforce comprises 5.79 million teachers at just the elementary level. Little (2010, p. vii) acknowledging this enormity of the system notes, ‘The scale of India’s system of elementary education is unimaginable to most education policymakers and planners around the world’. The Constitution of India adopted in ...

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