Has education improved under AAP government’s rule in Delhi? Here’s a look at the amount allocated to education sector in the state for the fiscal year 2017-18.
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Economics Times scrutinised the figures of the total expenditure on education sector:
- According to the report, Delhi government has framed a figure of 23.5 per cent this year, which is slightly lesser than the previous year’s figure 23.9 per cent
- With Rs11,300 crore, up from Rs9,884 crore in the previous fiscal year, there has been a considerable increase in the amount spent by the AAP government in comparison with past governments
- According to the figures released by RBI, share of education spending has been less than 20 per cent since 2000-01
- On contrary, states like Meghalaya, Assam and Bihar, which come under the poor states, had allocated 27.8 per cent and 25.5 per cent of their budgetary spending for education in 2014-15, while Bihar had spent 23.7 per cent of its budget on education in 2000-01
Why are states spending less on education?
- Delhi’s per capita income generates more revenue than its expenditure and also adds on surplus, but the amount allocated for other sectors like health is quite higher than education
- During fiscal years in 2013-14 and 2014-15, the allocation of budget is similar in other rich states too.
Besides the budget, AAP government has also taken other initiatives to raise education level in the state:
- Encouraged the people to read and teach from September 5 to November 14 last year
- According to reports, 22 per cent managed to read their Hindi textbook while only 43 per cent could read a paragraph
- The campaign had not only encouraged students to study, but also the teachers to complete their syllabus on time, as students started showing interest in the lesson being taught.