World Bank Loan Agreement for RMSA

An agreement between the Government of India and the World Bank for a loan of USD 500 million was signed on 05OCT12 for the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

According to the press release and India’s Department of School Education, the focus of the RMSA program is “to help India achieve increased and more equitable access to good quality secondary education through support of the Government’s ongoing RMSA Framework.” The program was originally launched in March 2009 and has targeted an enrollment rate of 75% (from 52.26% in 2005-06) at the secondary level (US equivalent of grades 11&12th) within 5 years of implementation.

“Other objectives include improving quality of education imparted at secondary level through making all secondary schools conform to prescribed norms, removing gender, socio-economic and disability barriers, providing universal access to secondary level education by 2017, i.e., by the end of 12th Five Year Plan.”

A link to the 65 page guiding document can be found here.

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