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School Education Quality Index (SEQI)

Why in News?
The School Education Quality Index (SEQI) Report has been launched by NITI Aayog. The Index has ranked 20 Indian states on the basis of the quality of school education imparted.

Highlights of the Index

  • NITI Aayog has prepared this report based on the 2016-17 data. As per the reports, Kerala is in the first place, Rajasthan at second followed by Karnataka securing the third place.
  • The index stresses on the efforts of the schools to increase the learning ability of the students.
  • The bottom three states included Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.
  • The list has been demarcated into three different categories i.e. Large States, Small States and Union States.
  • Small states mostly included the Northeastern states and Goa with Manipur, Tripura and Goa taking the honors respectively.

Aims and Objectives

  • The Index aims to bring an outcome focus to education policy by providing the States and Union Territories with a platform to identify their strengths and weaknesses and undertake requisite course corrections or policy interventions.
  • This is line with the NITI Aayog’s mandate to foster the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism. The report tries to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices across states and Union Territories.
  • The index gives importance that school is a subject included in the Concurrent List and state-level leadership is crucial for improving outcomes in a cost-effective manner. It will serve as a regular and transparent review of the status of school education quality across the country.

Categorization and Indicators

  • The index is developed through a collaborative process which includes key stakeholders like Ministry of Human Research Development, the World Bank and other experts of the education sector. The index measures in purview of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education.
  • The set of indicators measures the overall efficiency, quality and effectiveness of the Indian Education System. The index encourages the States and UTs to improve their scores by showing progress across all these aspects.

The ranking presents incredible insights on the status of school education in the Indian States and UTs with their real progress over time. The index has provided a good platform to facilitate healthy competition among the states and this in turn will strengthen the notion of competitive and cooperative federalism.


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