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World Bank supports India’s Elementary Education Program

World Bank supports India’s Elementary Education Program
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 06 05 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 06 05 PM IST
New Delhi: The government on Thursday signed an agreement with the World Bank for a Rs2,500 crore soft loan, 11% of the cost of the second phase of its flagship programme in education aimed at putting every child in school. The second phase of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan plans to increase the number of children of the 6-14 age group enrolled in school as well as improve the quality of education provided in state-run schools.
The last independent study, by research agency Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB), put the count of uneducated Indian children at 13.4 million in July 2005, a figure that created grave concern. Government statistics have since said number of out-of-school children has dropped steadily, reaching 7 million by 2007.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 06 05 PM IST