Public Expenditure on Secondary Education in Tamil Nadu – A critical analysis of size, sources, priorities, flow, processes and management Completed

Duration: July 2018 to September 2020

Status: Completed

Funder/Partner: UNICEF, New Delhi

Public expenditure on secondary education in India, despite being low in comparison to most countries, is substantial in its size. An analysis of public expenditure patterns becomes important to aid to the understanding of its directions as well as to gauge the efficiency of the expenditure. This study will undertake a review of expenditure on secondary education, across all relevant departments to understand total expenditure on secondary education in Tamil Nadu, schemes of different departments and their budget contributions to secondary education, components that cover the supply side and components cover demand side of secondary education and deviations of actual expenditure from budget allocations. The study will also explore money flow to different levels from the state to districts and lower levels, processes and challenges of planning, execution and reporting, issues related to capacities of the decentralised levels and implications for the absorption of funds at different levels. The study will try to understand how the schemes aimed at influencing supply side managed and what is the feedback from students, parents and communities, Are facilities adequate, relevant and suitable and what are the gender and social groups related dimensions.