ITANAGAR, 1 Jul: The Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D), which measures the performance of the states in school education, showed poor performance by Arunachal Pradesh.
As per the PGI-D for 2018-19 and 2019-20 released by the union education ministry, none of the districts in Arunachal figured in the top four categories/grades – ‘Daksh’, ‘Utkarsh’, ‘Ati Uttam’ and ‘Uttam’.
The PGI-D rates the districts in 10 grades, with the highest achievable grade being Daksh, which is for districts scoring more than 90 percent of the total points in that category or overall.
The Utkarsh category is for districts with scores between 81-90 percent, followed by Ati Uttam (71-80 percent), Uttam (61-70 percent), Prachesta-1 (51-60 percent), Prachesta-2 (41-50 percent), Pracheshta-3 (31-40 percent), Akanshi-1 (21-30 percent), and Akanshi-2 (11 to 20 percent).
The lowest grade in PGI-D is Akanshi-3, which is for scores up to 10 percent of the total points.
Kamle, the Itanagar Capital Region and Tirap reached the Prachesta-1 grade, while Lower Dibang Valley, Tawang, Anjaw, East Kameng, East Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Subansiri, West Siang, Siang, Kurung Kumey, Lower Siang, Changlang and Lohit attained the Prachesta-2 grade.
West Kameng, Namsai, Leparada, Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, Pakke-Kessang and Dibang Valley figured in the Prachesta-3 grade.
While Kra Daadi and Longding were in the Akanshi-1 grade, Shi-Yomi figured in the Akanshi-2 grade.
Besides Arunachal, other states and UTs which don’t have a single district in the Ati Uttam and Uttam categories are Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Goa and Uttarakhand.
Rajasthan’s Sikar is the highest performing district, followed by Jhunjhunu and Jaipur. The three districts have figured in the Utkarsh category (scoring 81-90 percent on a scale of 100), with Junjhunu scoring the maximum (236 out of 290) in learning outcomes.
According to the report, none of the districts attained the highest grade, Daksh, in both 2019-20 and 2018-19.
“The PGI aims to assess the relative performance of all the states/UTs in a uniform scale to encourage states/UTs to perform better. The PGI has been conceptualised as a tool to catalyse transformational change in the field of school education.
“The PGI provides insights on the status of school education in states and UTs, including key levels that drive their performance and critical areas of performance. The PGI aims to propel states and UTs towards undertaking multipronged interventions that will bring about the much desired optimal education outcomes. The PGI also motivates states and UTs to adopt best practices followed by the top performing states,” the ministry said in the report.
The PGI-D structure comprises total weightage of 600 points across 83 indicators, which are grouped under six categories – outcomes, effective classroom transaction, infrastructure facilities and student’s entitlements, school safety and child protection, and digital learning and governance process.
These categories are further divided into 12 domains – learning outcomes and quality, access outcomes, teacher availability and professional development outcomes, learning management, learning enrichment activities, infrastructure, facilities, student entitlements, school safety and child protection, digital learning, funds convergence and utilisation, enhancing CRCs performance, attendance monitoring systems and school leadership development, the report said.
The PGI-D report graded 725 districts in 2018-19 and 733 districts in 2019-20 across the states and the UTs.