By drawing on quantitative data and qualitative analyses of five major national education policies implemented in India over the last 15 years, this comprehensive volume explores their impact on teacher quality and perceived effectiveness, explaining how this relates to variations in student performance.

Responding to a national agenda to increase the quality of the Indian teacher workforce, Teacher Quality and Education Policy in India critically questions the application of human capital theory to Indian education policy. Chapters provide in-depth and strategically structured analyses of five national policies – including the recently approved National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 – to see how Indian policymakers use teacher quality as a driver and measurement of education and national economic development. Ultimately, the text offers evidence-based policy recommendations to improve teacher quality in India, suggesting that while all five policies have contributed significant frameworks and recommendations for teacher quality reform, they have failed to move beyond a symbolic function.

Given its rigorous methodological approach, this book will be a valuable addition to the under-researched question of education policymaking in postcolonial contexts. It will be an indispensable resource not only for scholars working on policymaking in the Indian context, but also for those working at the intersection of education, teacher development, and policymaking in developing countries.

chapter 1|22 pages


The Impact of National Policy on Teacher Quality in India

part I|72 pages

The Indian Education System and Teacher Quality

part II|96 pages

Examining Indian Education Policies for Teacher Quality

chapter 5|25 pages

Making Teaching Relevant to the Child

Teacher Quality Discourse in NCF 2005

chapter 6|21 pages

The Professionalization of Teaching

Teacher Quality Discourse in NCFTE 2009

chapter 7|29 pages

Restoring Credibility Through Teacher Quality

Teacher Quality Discourse in Draft NEP 2016 and 2019

chapter 8|19 pages

Rooting Equitable Education in Teacher Quality

Teacher Quality Discourse in NEP 2020

part III|47 pages

Moving Beyond Policies for Indian Teacher Quality