On Sunday, the Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ approved the 3rd edition of the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20. Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Kerala are the 5 States and Union Territories that have secured the highest position (Grade A++) in the PGI 2019-20.
DoSEL (Department of School Education and Literacy) has designed the Performance Grading Index (PGI) as a tool to get insights about the status and transformation in the field of school education in States and Union Territories across the country, using 70 different key parameters. The index was first undertaken in 2019, by PM Narendra Modi ,taking into account the performances of States/UTs, for the year 2017-18. The aim behind this index is to help states/ UTs to enhance their system to bring unprecedented change in the field of Education.
Improved Grades in Most States
There has been a significant advancement in the performance grades of most States and UTs in PGI 2019-20, as compared to the earlier years, the ministry stated. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh are the 3 States/UT to improve their scores by 20% while 11 other states/UTs have improved their score by 10% – 20%. 10 states including NCT of Delhi have achieved an improvement of 5% to 10% in their PGI 2019-20 score.
- Access– Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Punjab have shown improvement of 10%.
- Infrastructure and Facilities- 13 states/UTs have shown improvement by 10% in the domain of Infrastructure and Facilities. Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Odisha have improved their scores 20% or more.
- Equity- Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Odisha have improved by more than 10% in terms of equity.
- Governance Process- 19 states and union territories have improved by more than 10% (36 points) in the domain of governance process. Apart from this, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal have improved by about 20% i.e. (72 points) or more.
Comments by the Education Minister on the Performance Grading Index
Mr Pokhriyal said “State-wise performance in PGI 2019-20 shows that 33 States and UTs have improved their PGI scores in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. The major purpose of PGI is indeed to create an environment that nudges States/UTs to continuously improve its performance,”
He also stated “The PGI helps the States/UTs to pinpoint the gaps and accordingly prioritise areas for intervention to ensure that the school education system is robust at every level.”
The main objective behind the PGI index is to launch various initiatives to provide guidance to States/UTs to focus on the shortcomings in their education systems and take necessary steps to bridge that gap and achieve tenacious outcomes.
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