PATNA: Even though having allocated close to one-fifth of the total state-budget for school education, which is one among major states in the country, Bihar still remains the state with overcrowded classrooms attended by fewest number of teachers, a recent study done by CRY and CBGA revealed.
According to the findings of a recent analysis of Government Financing of School Education in India, the state continues to fall short on many social indicators, especially in indices related to child education.
In India, the total budgetary spending on school-education nationally has remained stagnant at 2.7 percent of GDP since last four years (2012-13 to 2015-16).
In comparison, Bihar budgets an average of 5.6% of the Gross State Domestic Produce (GSDP) on education.
This was revealed in the recent study by CRY- Child Rights and You and Centre for Budgets, Governance and Accountability (CBGA), which looks at the overall scenario of budgetary spending (including central and states’ funds) on school education (Classes I to XII).
The study examines in detail the composition of school budgets of ten states viz. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
While Bihar stands as one of the highest among the study states spending 17.7% percent of its total budget on school education, it is concerning that this allocation has been reduced by 2% points over the last four years (from 19.3% in 2012-’13 to 17.7% in 2015-’16 [BE+SB]). With about 15% growth rate, Bihar’s spending on school education remains stagnant around 25 thousand crores.
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