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How Far Have We Come in Sarva Siksha Abhiyan?

Five years after the launch of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, it is time to make a realistic assessment of its achievements. Official statistics reveal a promising reduction in dropout rates especially for girls; however, the quality of infrastructure and teaching standards in government schools leaves much to be desired.

A n enlightened human resource base is a prerequisite for attaining faster economic growth. The east Asian miracle and the popularity that endogenous growth theory has attained thereafter emphasise the role that education plays in economic growth and conceptualise the process as human capital accumulation. Empirical studies also point out that investment in elementary education increases the productivity in all the sectors of the economy much more than other levels of education and that economic returns to investment in primary education are greater than those arising from other levels of schooling [Colclough 1980].

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