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Secondary education under strain in India

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EVEN AS the government has been announcing huge investments in the education sector, the latest World Bank report on secondary education in India is hardly flattering.

While there has been adequate focus on primary education, the report states, secondary education hardly gets the attention it deserves and remains highly inequitable across states. Evidence from around the world suggests secondary education is critical in breaking the inter-generational transmission of poverty and enables youth to break out of the poverty trap.

Fortunately, the government’s new ambitious schemes for secondary education will, over the next 10 years, provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century and help India catch up with other countries.

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Secondary education lagging behind, says World Bank study

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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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World Bank to fund Secondary Education Programme

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The World Bank has expressed interest to support the newly launched Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme for improvement of quality of secondary education in the country.

The Ministry of HRD has agreed to the proposal of the World Bank and has written to Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) for further action, DEA sources told PTI.

The Bank at present also supports the government’s flagship programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), which aims at universalisation of elementary education.

The Bank has taken interest in RMSA keeping in view the objective of the programme to check drop-out rate at secondary level completely by 2020.

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