Facts about the education system in India


It is indeed a matter of pride where India is considered to have one of the largest education systems in the world, with 1.4 million schools, 227 million students and 36,000 institutes providing higher education. Having been independent in 1947, India has made significant progress in improving the literacy rate. According to the Constitution of India, every child of age six to fourteen is entitled to receive free and mandatory education as a means of fundamental rights. The fundamental education system of India divided into – Pre-school, Primary, Middle School, Secondary School, Higher Secondary and Advanced Studies. Following are some facts that you probably didn’t know about –


  1. Developed countries spend an average of 5.8% of their GDP on education, while India spends only 3.3%.
  2. The Indian Education Market is valued at approximately 100 Billion U.S. Dollars.
  3. Less than half of India’s children, between the age of six and fourteen go to school, even though the Government has made their education mandatory and free.
  4. India has over 70 million enrollments from around the world, making the country the largest higher education sector.
  5. The Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana, launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will provide entrepreneurship education and training to over

7, 00,000 students.

  1. The Government-funded schools in India are facing the chronic problem of shortage of teachers to educate students.
  2. Estimations have been made that Indian students spend around 7 Billion U.S. Dollars to go abroad and study in foreign universities.
  3. Kerala is the first state in India to have achieved 100% literacy rate on primary education in January 2016. It was made possible due to Athulyam, a literacy program, launched by the State Government.
  4. The current digital literacy rate of India is just 15%. The Government of India has launched the Digital India Campaign, which aims to move the literacy rate up to 50% in the next three years.
  5. The best schools of the country are – The Doon School in Dehradun, La Martiniere School in Calcutta and Delhi Public Schools in the private sector. The Kendriya Vidyalayas, run by the Union Government are the best government-run educational institutions.

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