Fewer kids joining elementary school Ratio Declining In Most States, UTs: Niti Index
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New Delhi: The net enrolment ratio (NER) at the elementary level in most states and Union territories is declining, revealing a serious challenge for the Centre and states according to the Niti Aayog’s school eduction quality index.
Eight of 20 large states also show a dip in mainstreaming of out-of-school children by over 10 percentage points from the 2015-16 base year. Mainstreaming here implies bringing these children back into the school system.
In the first statewise ranking on education, majority of the states also showed a slide in learning outcomes in languages and mathematics as the levels go up from class III to class VIII. This is in keeping with other national level education outcome surveys over the past 10 years or so.
As reported by TOI on Sunday, Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka are the top three respectively in the largestates category, while Punjab, J&K and UP are at the bottom at 18, 19 and 20, respectively.
States seem to have failed in mainstreaming a large number of identified out-ofschool children, with Kerala
Jammu & Kashmir
Uttar Pradesh Top 3 of 20 large states in learning outcomes for class 3
➤ Net enrolment ratio (NER) at elementary level for 14 large states has declined
➤ At secondary level, 11 states have registered a decline in NER
➤ None of the 8 smaller states have increased their NER at elementary & secondary level
6 of the 7 UTs have showing a 24.3 percentage point drop, and Punjab (18.8), Chhattisgarh (15.5), and Bihar (14.4) recording a big drop.
The index also has an “incremental ranking” and states to have significantly improved are Haryana, Assam and UP, though they have a lot of catching up to do in terms of overall ranking. Among smaller states the best ones are Manipur, Tripura and Goa, while the same is true for Daman & Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli and
shown negative net enrolment at elementary level
➤ 8 of the 20 large states have shown a decline in the mainstreaming of identified out-of-school children by over 10 percentage points Puducherry among UTs.
Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said: “This index brings an outcome focus to education policy. We’ve developed a platform to foster the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practices across states and UTs.”
The states’ education system were assessed based on outcomes—learning, access, infrastructure and equity.
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