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Education, teaching, and learning: all good for health

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:a

Education is good for your health. We know this best from the developing world, and R K Bansal applauds India for being about to enact the provision of primary education enshrined in its constitution (p 141). Less worthy of applause are the facts that 24million children are outside the primary school system, 52% of adults are illiterate, and only 20% of government expenditure on education goes on primary and secondary education. Worse, women and girls lag …

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