Caught between the emphasis on elementary and higher education, secondary education has suffered in the country, a World Bank report has said.
Calling secondary education a “forgotten middle”, Sam Carlson of World Bank, who prepared the report, pointed out how investment in secondary education had declined. While primary education gets the largest share of 52% of total spending on education, secondary education, which plays an important role in building up a skilled workforce, gets 30% of the spending, the report said.
Higher education gets 18% of the total spending on education. India’s gross enrolment rate at the secondary level of 52% is far inferior to the GERs of countries like Vietnam (72%), Sri Lanka (83%) and China (91%).
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