Rs 1.45 lakh cr needed to increase enrolment in schools: Plan panel

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The country needs Rs 1.45 lakh crore in the 11th Plan to increase the gross enrolment ratio in secondary education, a study by Planning Commission has found.

At present, the enrolment ratio in class IX-XII is 40 per cent, which shows that 60 per cent of children in the relevant age group are not getting enrolled in schools after elementary level.

A Working Group on Secondary Education constituted by the Planning Commission to assess the requirement during the 11th Plan has estimated the requirement to be Rs 1.45 lakh crore to raise the enrolment ratio to 65 per cent.

Holding that the government does not have the required fund for the purpose, the HRD Ministry has come out with several models on Private Public Partnership (PPP) to encourage the private sector to pitch in strongly.

The ministry has brought out a policy document on PPP in schools and has invited feedback from stakeholders about the new policy.

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