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Interim Budget 2019: How it can help improve quality of India's schooling

The school education system in India is facing a shortage of trained teachers and a lack of proper infrastructure

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Interim Budget 2019  |  Budget 2019  |  Union Budget

Shreya Raman | IndiaSpend 

Not many teachers, fewer classrooms: schools have a long way to go

India stepped up its spending on school education by 9.35% from 2014-15 (Rs 45,722.41 crore) to 2018-19 (Rs 50,000 crore). But education’s share in the total fell from 2.55% to 2.05% in this period, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of budgetary data.

On February 1, 2019, when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presents its last budget before general elections, it will have to address a critical issue in India’s school education: Its quality compares poorly with many south Asian and BRICS nations even though India spends a higher percentage of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education.

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First Published: Fri, January 25 2019. 08:11 IST