Kerala and Tamil Nadu are top performers in NITI Aayog’s Education Quality Index
Kerala and Tamil Nadu retain their places as the best states in terms of quality of school education as per NITI Aayog’s School Education Quality Index (SEQI). The index was released earlier this week.
Kerala was given a total evaluation point of 82.2%, while Tamil Nadu got 73.4%. The SEQI report, which analysed the quality of education for 2016–2017, placed Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh among the top three states in terms of incremental progress (compared to 2015–2016).
The Education Index for Haryana revealed the progress of 18.5%, placing the state in the first position. Meanwhile, Assam came in a close second having registered a rise of 16.4% and Uttar Pradesh had improved by 13.64%.
Uttarakhand and Karnataka were the only states to have negative results: –1.33% and –3.61% respectively.
NITI Aayog developed the School Education Quality Index to evaluate the performance of States and union territories (UTs) in the school education sector with the aim to develop an education policy focused on ‘outcomes’, thus providing States and UTs with a platform to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The SEQI was released on 30th September by the NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman, Dr Rajiv Kumar in the presence of NITI Aayog Member Dr Vinod Paul, CEO Amitabh Kant and Secretary in the Department of School Education and Literacy, Rina Ray. The event was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and the World Bank.
This is the first time that the government think tank has come up with a report on the educational progress across the states. The report was compiled in collaboration with MHRD, the World Bank and sector experts and assesses states on the quality of education based on 30 critical indicators.