Maharashtra does slightly better in school education survey | Pune News

PUNE: Maharashtra secured a I + grade in the performance grading index (PGI) report released by the Union department of school education and literacy on Wednesday for 2019-20 academic year.
The grades were awarded on the basis of parameters such as infrastructure, learning outcomes, equality in education, and access to schools and others. Maharashtra has improved its performance by nearly 5-10% over the previous academic year according to the report.
Educationists said that such reports should be used as a roadmap for future planning and bridging the gaps identified by the parameters.
Education commissioner Suraj Mandhare said in case of learning outcomes, the scores obtained in the higher standards are less than those in the lower standards.
“It is, therefore, imperative to ensure better interventions at the lower standards as it will have a positive cascading effect at the higher levels. The forthcoming National Assessment Survey would provide more clarity in quantifying the improvements in learning outcomes,” he added.
The indicators in this domain mainly deal with the scores of students in language and mathematics in standards III, V and VIII of government and aided schools.
The report stated that the schemes initiated by the department of school education and literacy, along with the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, have resulted in significant improvement in accessibility. As a logical next step, the focus has now shifted from access to quality education.
Union minister of education Dharmendra Pradhan said the PGI exercise envisages that the index would propel state towards undertaking multi-pronged interventions that will bring about the much-desired optimal education outcomes.
“The report is expected to help states and Union territories pinpoint the gaps and accordingly prioritize areas for intervention to ensure that the school education system is robust at every level. At the same time, it is expected to act as a good source of information for best practices followed by states which can be shared, “he added.
The states have been assessed based on their performance against the benchmark for each indicator and sub-indicator. This benchmark level for each indicator has been identified and the ministry has ensured that these are reasonable and attainable.
They may be changed at a later stage depending upon the need. The levels and grades are based on the total score obtained by the states on their performance on all the 70 indicators.


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