New Delhi: The number of out-of-school children has come down from 134.6 lakh in 2005 to 81.5 lakh in 2009, the Economic Survey 2012 said Thursday quoting an independent study conducted by the Social and Rural Research Institute.

The Survey, presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, also highlights an increase in the GDP expenditure on education from 2.72 percent in 2006-07 to 3.11 percent in 2011-12.

As per the Survey, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan norms have been revised to correspond with the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, including norms for sanctioning additional teacher posts, classrooms, teaching-learning equipment to enable states to move to an eight-year elementary education cycle, enhancement of academic support for better school supervision, and expansion of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya (KGBVs).

The launch of a low-cost tablet PC was the major development in 2011, it said.

Source: IANS