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Plan panel for higher allocation to education

The Planning Commission on Saturday said fund allocation for the education sector would have to be raised to six per cent of the GDP.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 12:13 IST

The Planning Commission on Saturday said fund allocation for the education sector would have to be raised to six per cent of the GDP in the 11th Plan from the current four per cent.

"The Kothari Committee had mentioned allocating six per cent of the GDP to the education sector. At present, we stand at four per cent and we aim to raise it to six per cent in the 11th Plan," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters after releasing the Annual State Education Report in New Delhi.

Ahluwalia said financial outlays play a very important role and without proper fund allocation, the targets cannot be achieved.

Emphasising on the need for adequate monitoring of the sector, he said: "Along with monitoring expenditure, we are also trying to monitor what we are learning." Asked about the eroding quality of education in the country, Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission was working toward a mechanism wherein authorities concerned would be made accountable.

Ahluwalia said quality teachers were imperative to improve the education sector and pointed out that factors like mid-day meals have contributed to containing drop-out rate.