Facts on education


– 44% of India’s population are children.

– India spends only 3.3 percent of its GDP on education, compared to an average 5.8 percent in developed countries.

– GOI had made a commitment to spend 6% of GDP on education in 1968, however the highest spend made so far is 4% of GDP.

– In India, 50% of children aged 6-18 do not go to school

– Of the 32 million children that began school in 2004, less than half will complete the compulsory 8 years of education.

– The common reasons given by 3 out of four drop-outs for leaving school are
a) High cost of private education
b) Need to work to support their families
c) No interest in studies.

– Dropout rates increase alarmingly in class III to V – its 50% for boys, 58% for girls.

– Since 2001, the government’s flagship elementary education program, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, has helped to bring some 20 million children into school; most of them are first-generation learners.

– In India, education has been made free for children from 6 to 14 years of age (up to Class 8), under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.

– A study found that 65% of schoolchildren in Hyderabad slums attend private schools. This proves the fact that even the poorest in India go to private schools in spite of the free education in government schools.

– 37% of secondary students fail, and 11% dropout before exam.