Over the last year, the education expenditure in Delhi has increased, revealed Economic Survey of Delhi, 2016-17. The state is at the top position in terms of expenditure on education during 2015-16.
The total expenditure (plan and non-plan) on education by state government was more than double from Rs 4,799 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 10,690 crore in 2016-17. The expenditure includes sports, art and culture.
Education sector was the “Top Priority” sector as it got 23% of share allocation in the state budget of 2016-17. The survey also revealed that the education expenditure to the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Delhi was the highest at 1.72% in 2015-16.
According to the survey, literacy rate of Delhi is around 86%, which is higher than national level of 74% as per the 2011 Census. The male literacy rate in the state was 90.9% and female literacy rate was 80.8%.
The number of schools also increased from 5,073 in 2010-11 to 5,796 in 2015-16. There are 1,222 government and government-aided schools in Delhi, which is 21% of total schools in the city and these schools account for 37.86% of total student enrolment in the state.