NITI Aayog, the primary think-tank of Government of India has announced its annual School Education Quality Index (SEQI) report on its official website.
As per the latest findings of the SEQI Report, Kerala has topped the list with the highest incremental performance. On the other hand, all other states have shown growth as well.
Out of the big states, barring Karnataka and Uttarakhand, all other states have shown progress in the quality of education dissemination. The small states and Union territories are not far behind and have displayed improved performance compared to the last year.
About the Index
The School Education Quality Index (SEQI) was developed to evaluate the performance of States and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector. The index aims to bring 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. In line with NITI Aayog’s mandate to foster the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism, the index strives to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices across States and UTs.
Aim and Purpose
SEQI aims to drive policy reforms that will improve the quality of school education. The index seeks to institutionalize a focus on enhancing education outcomes by driving improvements in learning levels, access, equity, infrastructure, and governance processes.
The index recognizes that school education is a subject on the Concurrent List and that State-level leadership is crucial for improving outcomes in a cost-effective manner. The index will serve as a regular and transparent review of the status of school education quality across the States and UTs.
Developed through a collaborative process including key stakeholders such as MHRD, the World Bank and sector experts, the index consists of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education.
Index categories and Domains
SEQI is based on a set of indicators that measure the overall effectiveness, quality, and efficiency of the Indian school education system. The index encourages States/UTs to improve their scores by showing progress across these aspects.
To facilitate like-to-like comparisons, States and UTs have been grouped as Large States, Small States, and Union Territories. Within each of these groups, the indicator values have been appropriately scaled, normalized and weighted to generate an overall performance score and ranking for each State and UT.
States and UTs are ranked on their overall performance in the reference year 2016-17, as well as on the change in their performance between the reference year and base year (2015-16). The rankings present incredible insights on the status of school education across States/UTs and their relative progress over time.