Skill Training or Nipping Potential in the Bud?

By Radhika Saraf

The introduction of skilling programmes in government schools from the secondary level itself—as part of the Indian government’s ambition to make India the “Skill Capital of the World”—will restrict young people, largely from socially underprivileged backgrounds, to low-productivity blue-collar employment in the informal sector. What is needed is not truncated education in the form of vocational training, but quality basic education for all, which will enable young people to compete for employment in the formal economy.