NITI Aayog to Improve Learning Outcomes for School Children

School Children of a School in New Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman
School Children of a School in New Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman

India’s top planning outfit NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) organized the first regional workshop on the School Education Quality Index (SEQI) in New Delhi on Thursday.

It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to improve the learning outcomes among school children.

The workshops on SEQI saw striking evidence on factors that determine the quality of school education being presented by the participants from the northern region.

The objective was to sensitize and support States/ UTs in improving learning outcomes among school children across India.

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The SEQI is a composite index that will report annual improvements of States on key domains of education quality, conceptualized and designed by NITI Aayog and the MHRD.

The larger vision of the index is to shift the focus of States from inputs towards outcomes, provide objective benchmarks for continuous annual improvements, encourage state-led innovations to improve quality and facilitate sharing of best practices.

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In order to precisely report the quality of education imparted across India, the SEQI is divided into two categories: Outcomes and Governance & Management.

These are further divided into three domains of Outcomes (Learning, Access and Equity) and two domains of Governance & Management (Governance Processes and Structural Reforms).

Currently the index has 34 indicators and 1000 points, with the highest weightage given to learning outcomes (600 out of 1000 points).

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Senior education functionaries from Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh took part in the deliberations and shared their feedback on the index.

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The event was also attended by representatives from NUEPA, NCERT, NCTE and other autonomous institutions. Over the coming weeks, NITI Aayog says it will hold these workshops for all States in different centers across India.

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