From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : SEQI
Mains level : Promoting quality education in India
- The first edition of SEQI was recently released by NITI Aayog, in the presence of NITI Aayog.
School Education Quality Index
- SEQI was developed by NITI Aayog to evaluate the performance of States and UTs in the school education sector.
- It is developed through a collaborative process, including key stakeholders such as Ministry of HRD, the World Bank and sector experts.
- The index aims to bring an ‘outcomes’ 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, SEQI strives to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices across States and UTs.
- The index consists of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education. These indicators are categorized as below:
Category 1: Outcomes
- Domain 1: Learning outcomes
- Domain 2: Access outcomes
- Domain 3: Infrastructure and facilities for outcomes
- Domain 4: Equity outcomes
Category 2: Governance processes aiding outcomes
- States and UTs are ranked on their overall performance in the reference year 2016-17, as well as on their annual incremental 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.