Public Expenditure Review of School Education in select states Completed

Duration: May 2019 – September 2019 (5 months)

Funder/ Partner: The World Bank, New Delhi

The study is aimed to gain a deeper understanding of budget, expenditure trends and fiscal accountability in school education over time across the select states. The analysis will unpack the important components of expenditure and make recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of fiscal transfers from the union government to state and then to the sub-state levels. The fiscal analysis will also examine the gaps in planning, spending and existence of incentives (or disincentives).  The study also attempts to understand the governance of schooling systems (Policy Analysis) which is confined to desk research (to be able to interpret the expenditure analysis more meaningfully).

The review of public expenditure on education is to understand the patterns and priorities at various stages of School Education: pre-school, primary/upper primary and secondary/senior secondary. The fiscal analysis will include six states- Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan covering the period 2011-12 to 2019-20.