Gujarat ranks 12th in literacy and 14th in budgetary allocation for education compared to other states,state Congress president and MLA Arjun Modhwadia claimed in the Assembly on Thursday,citing Census 2001 figures.
Participating in a debate,Modhwadia said,Despite tall claims of development in education sector during Chief Minister Narendra Modis rule of the last 10 years,Gujarat has not witnessed any progress and situation is becoming worse. As per the latest Census 2011,Gujarat ranked 12th among the states of India with 79.3% literacy. Kerala,Mizoram,Tripura,Goa,Himachal Pradesh,Maharashtra,Sikkim,Tamil Nadu,Nagaland,Manipur,Uttrakhand have improved their literacy rate in the last decade.
As per figures for 2010-11,as far budgetary allocation for the education sector is concerned,Gujarat stood 14th with only 13.9% allocation. Maharashtra,Chhattisgarh,Rajasthan,Odisha,West Bengal,Bihar,Haryana,Kerala,Jharkhand,Uttar Pradesh,Karnataka,Tamil Nadu and Goa allocated 21%,19.5%,19.1%,18.5%,18.3%,18%,17.7%,16.4%,16%,15.9%,15.6%,14.7% and 14.6 % from their state budgets,respectively, the Congress leader said.
Modhwadia said that despite the highly advertised campaigns to popularise education like Gunotsav,Shala Pravesh Utsav (school enrolment drive) and Vanche Gujarat,the state stood 14 in terms of school drop-out ratio (59.11%).
He said the number students studying in the government schools has also decreased sharply,which shows parents and students are losing faith in government-run schools.
Modhwadia also questioned the quality of technical education in the state,claiming that 60% of students in Gujarat Technology University had failed their exams.
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