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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
Gujarat ranked 14 in edu funding

Allocation of funds for the education sector in the state is just 13.9 per cent of the total state budget. Gujarat is ranked 14 in the country when it comes to allocation of funds. Speaking on supplementary demands of education, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Party President and Porbandar MLA Arjun Modhwadia said a state like Maharashtra has allocated 21 per cent of the state budget for education. He further said that the fund allocation in Chhattisgarh is 19.6 per cent.

Gujarat ranked 14 in edu funding

The figures for West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are 18.3 per cent, 18 per cent and 15.9 per cent, respectively, higher than Gujarat. Modhwadia alleged that despite high claims of development in the education sector in the last 10 years, the state has not witnessed any progress and the situation is becoming worse. He stressed that when it comes to literacy rate, the state is ranked 12 among other states, with 79.3 per cent literacy.

Comparatively, Kerala, Mizoram, Tripura, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Manipur and Uttarakhand have improved their ratio in the last decade. Gujarat, however, has not made any progress. He further said that the state is ranked 14 in school dropout ratio. About 59.11 per cent students drop out after class 10, despite various programs announced by the government. The state government has announced programs like Gunotsav, Shala Pravesh Utsav (School Enrollment Drive) and Vanche Gujarat, but all have failed.

The numbers of students studying in government schools have decreased sharply from 81 lakh to 60 lakh. This was an indication that parents were losing their faith on government-run schools. He also raised questions over the deteriorating quality of education in Gujarat Technology. About 60 per cent students fail in an examination, which indicates the poor quality of higher education in the state.

Courtesy: Times of India

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