Performance-based funding for key education schemes

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The HRD Ministry will kick-start the performance-based funding for key education schemes—from primary to senior secondary level—with the newly launched Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, which clubs key schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and teacher training. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Centre has given the states a lot of freedom through this new scheme. Of the total funding for key school schemes, between 15 percent and 20 percent will be performance based and decided on the basis of measures such as teaching-learning outcome and rationalization in teacher deployment. This will work as an incentive to push states to perform better, according to officials in the HRD ministry.