Odisha Claims 7th Spot In School Education Quality Index

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded the efforts of the School and Mass Education department after the state claimed the seventh spot in Niti Aayog’s SEQI report, marking a significant improvement in the field of school education.

Patnaik also encouraged the School and Mass Education department to try and get into the top three in the years to come. The report titled ‘The Success of Our Schools-School Education Quality Index’ (SEQI) was jointly released by the Niti Aayog, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the World Bank.

Odisha has jumped six spots – from 13th in the rankings in 2015-16, to 7th position in the reference year 2016-17.

“Appreciating the efforts of the School and Mass Education department, the chief minister advised the department to keep up good work and to endeavour for getting into top three,” said a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Office.

These rankings are based on several factors including student-teacher attendance, administrative adequacy, training, accountability, transparency among others. Niti Aayog also considers learning outcomes, access outcomes, infrastructure and facilities.

The SEQI was formed to assess the performance of States and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector. The index helps states and UT’s to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and undertake the required corrections based on the findings.

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