School education: Rymbui urges state government to improve gray areas

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SHILLONG, November 5: Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said on Saturday he was not looking at scores or the performance index (PGI), but at gray areas that need special attention.
He said the state government was working to improve the education sector.
“I’m not looking at scores but at areas where we are lagging behind and how we can improve,” Rymbui told reporters while talking about the Ministry of Education’s latest PGI.
He said the increase in the number of public schools from 584 in 2017-18 to 716 this year is an improvement. He said the government was trying to identify gray areas to work on and improve, which resulted in a slight improvement.
Meghalaya made a small improvement in the latest IGP. Ranked at the bottom of the state list last year, it got the second lowest position this year.
Arunachal Pradesh was the worst performer, while Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab topped the PGI which assesses school education at district level.
With 669 points, Arunachal reached level L7, the lowest in the index, while Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand joined Meghalaya at level L6 with scores between 701 and 750 points.
Meghalaya improved its points from 649 last year to 716 this year. Assam (848 points), Tripura (834), Mizoram (765), Sikkim (751), Manipur (741) and Nagaland (728) outperformed Meghalaya in the rankings.
The Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L) had designed the PGI for States and UTs to provide information and mechanisms based on data on school education performance and achievement .
The main objective of PGI is to promote evidence-based policy making and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all. So far, DoSE&L has released the PGI report for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.
This report covers the year 2020-21.
The exercise, which is the first of its kind on such a scale, envisions that the index will propel states and UTs toward achieving multi-pronged interventions that will produce the much-desired optimal educational outcomes.

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