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Niti aayog’s School education quality index

Niti aayog’s School education quality index

Tag:GS2 || Governance and Social Justice || Human development || Education

Why in news?

  • NITI Aayog releases the first edition of School Education Quality Index (SEQI).

About the School Education Quality Index (SEQI):

  • Developed by NITI Aayog to evaluate the performance of States and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector.
  • Aim: To bring an ‘outcomes’ focus to education policy by providing States and UTs with a platform to identify their strengths and weaknesses and undertake requisite course corrections or policy interventions.
  • The index is developed through a collaborative process, including key stakeholders such as Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), the World Bank and sector experts.
  • It consists of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education.

These indicators are categorized as below:

  • Category 1: Outcomes;
  • Domain 1: Learning outcomes
  • Domain 2: Access outcomes
  • Domain 3: Infrastructure and facilities for outcomes
  • Domain 4: Equity outcomes
  • Category 2: Governance processes aiding outcomes.

Performance of various states:

  • Kerala has emerged on top among 20 large states in terms of quality of school education, followed by Rajasthan and Karnataka, while the most-populous Uttar Pradesh was ranked at the bottom position during 2016-17.
  • Among 20 large states in the country 18 have improved their overall performance between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, which is otherwise referred to as the incremental performance in the report.
  • The highest incremental performance has been recorded in Kerala. As against 77.6% score in 2015-2016, the state has recorded 82.2% in 2016-2017.
  • The overall performance has declined in Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
  • All seven union territories have shown an improvement in their overall performance scores.
  • The performance and ranks have decreased in Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.