Firstly, policymakers must give serious thought to making secondary education mandatory and enacting a comprehensive legislation for the same. Initiating a consultation process for this could set the wheels in motion.
Secondly, better allocation of funds could revive secondary education. There was a 9% drop in allocation to secondary education from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Although funding did improve by 13% this year, various Standing Committees have highlighted the need for better fund allocation and disbursement.
Thirdly, it has also been pointed out that for implementation purposes it may not be feasible to subsume a number of smaller schemes under the umbrella of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, as was recently done.
Finally, it is imperative to put a mechanism in place for measuring learning outcomes; and this should be adopted for all stages of education.