Rajasthan Govt’s Declining Expenditure on Education Results in Diminishing Learning Outcomes
As per a study conducted by RBI about the Rajasthan government expenditure on education, it has been found that there had been a 2.15% decrease in the past six years. The govt has cut expenditure from 19% in 2009-10 to 17.3% in 2015-16 according to the RBI report – State Finances: A study of state budgets from 2001-2015. The budget allocation for education has further been reduced to 16.85% in 2016-17.
Experts say that this trend has resulted in diminishing learning outcomes in the Rajasthan schools. Rajasthan ranks 6th in having the highest percentage of total budget allocation, yet it stays in last 10 states in all three learning parameters (reading, comprehension and mathematics).
"Reduction in budget means no teachers' training programmes to equip teachers with the latest teaching methodologies and least infrastructure development leading to disinterest among students and parents in government schools," said Damodar Goyal, an educationist.