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Allocation for education

Allocation for education
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First Published: Tue, Jun 30 2009. 11 13 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 30 2009. 11 13 PM IST
New Delhi: In 2004 the UPA government made major allocations for the education sector. In 2009, in its second coming, the emphasis is likely to continue. Kapil Sibal, the new minister for human resources development, signaled this by unraveling his 100-days agenda for reforming education.
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In the first five years of UPA, the government focused on improving education infrastructure. Bhalachandra Mungekar, former member, Education, Planning Commission says the UPA will have to, in the next five years, raise the quality of the students making them ”really literate”. This is because
70 % of the students graduating out of Indian universities are unemployable and that must be rectified, he says.
The HRD ministry considers Sarv Shiksha Abhayan or education for all and improving literacy the two basic objectives of the country’s education system. To make it work effectively what is important is improving the quality of the literacy and strengthening adult literacy programs, says Mungekar.
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Yamini Aiyar of the Centre for Policy and Research says there is a pressing need to concentrate on how the resources are deployed. She suggests a per-child-norm method, which will make teachers accountable. According to her, the focus must be on the Outcome Budget; that will concentrate on the quality of the resources allocated. She says Government should give more power to parent teacher association bodies, which can monitor children.
According to Aiyar, about 30% funds allocated for education were unspent in 2006-07. She believed there was a complete lack of understanding at the Centre about how things works at the grass root level in the villages.
The experts however, saw a ray of hope and said they were confident that despite an economic downturn the government was willing to allocate sufficient funds for the education sector in the coming budget.
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First Published: Tue, Jun 30 2009. 11 13 PM IST