Education in India
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The people of India have long thought that learning is an important part of their lives. Schools have existed in India for thousands of years. The first university in the world was set up in the community of Tashkila about 2700 years ago.
Today education is still respected in India. Each state is responsible for the schools in its area. The national government of India also supports the states by providing money to build schools, train teachers and buy other things that schools need. 

Schools and Learning in India
There are more than 500 000 elementary (primary) schools in the country.
Primary school is free for all children between the ages of 6 and 14. After that students must pay for their education. For girls, education is free up to the university level because fewer girls attend school than boys. The government is trying to make it easier for girls to attend. About 7 out of every 10 boys have learned to read, but only about 4 out of 10 girls do.
People living away from large cities or towns often do not attend school because they are too far away to travel there. Poorer families cannot afford to send their children to school because they are needed to earn money for the family. 
Even though 9 out of every 10 children are enrolled in primary schools, many do not attend regularly. At the high school level only about 2 out of every 10 students attend school at all. Schools are still overcrowded in many parts of India because there are so many children living in the country. 
Wealthy families often send their children to private schools. These schools are run by churches or private organizations and are usually taught in English.

 Schools and Learning in India
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