The Ministry of Education has introduced the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2.0 to assess the performance of the school education system across states and union territories (UTs) in India. This updated version of PGI is designed to align with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and monitor indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With millions of schools, teachers, and students from diverse backgrounds, the Indian education system is one of the largest globally.
PGI 2.0 provides a comprehensive analysis and creates an index for evaluating the education system’s quality and effectiveness. The previous versions of PGI have become outdated and redundant, necessitating the need for an updated assessment framework. The new PGI 2.0 focuses on quality indicators, including digital initiatives and teacher education, to ensure better educational outcomes.
The structure of PGI 2.0 comprises 73 indicators grouped into two categories: Outcomes and Governance Management (GM). These categories are further divided into six domains, namely Learning Outcomes (LO), Access (A), Infrastructure & Facilities (IF), Equity (E), Governance Process (GP), and Teachers’ Education and Training (TE&T). This holistic approach allows for a comprehensive evaluation of various aspects of the education system.
States and UTs are classified into ten grades based on their PGI scores. The highest achievable grade is Daksh, awarded to those scoring over 940 points out of a total of 1000. On the other hand, the lowest grade is Akanshi-3, given to those scoring up to 460 points.
The objectives of PGI 2.0 are to encourage interventions that improve education outcomes, identify gaps in the system, and prioritize areas for intervention. The indicators are aligned with the NEP 2020 and other policy initiatives to ensure effective progress tracking and implementation of educational reforms.
The release of PGI 2.0 for the year 2021-22 demonstrates the efficacy of the system in assessing and improving the education system. The scores and grades attained by different states and UTs highlight their performance and provide insights into areas that require improvement. This comprehensive assessment framework serves as a valuable tool for policymakers, educators, and stakeholders to work toward enhancing the quality of education in India.
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