India’s record-breaking progress in meeting its education goals at the primary level remains a staggering global success.In the year 2000, 20 million Indian children were missing school. In 2011, the number was 1.7 million.
This rate of reduction is unprecedented. And in May 2014, the Government of India and the World Bank signed a USD 1 billion credit agreement to further improve learning outcomes and retention in elementary education.
Primary school enrolment in developing regions has reached 90 percent in 2010, up from 82 percent in 1999, and continues to increase. The commitment to primary education of India, a developing country with more than a sixth of the world’s population, accounts to a large extent for this global success.