In one year, Haryana slips six spots in education rankings

In one year, Haryana slips six spots in education rankings


GURUGRAM: A report by the Union ministry of human resource development has redflagged the state’s performance in imparting school education, as the state has slipped six spots to be ranked tenth in the country.
The ministry released its second Performance Grading Index (PGI) report assessing the quality of education provided in government-aided schools across India last week. While its first report — released in 2019 for the 2017-18 academic year — placed Haryana in the fourth position, the recent report saw the state slipping to the tenth spot. Chandigarh continued to outperform all other states and retained the topmost position for the second consecutive year.
The data revealed that 34 states and Union Territories improved their scores. UP, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Maharashtra saw a 10% increase. The performance of Haryana, however, saw a drop. Last year, the state had scored 787 out of 1,000. This year, when almost all states moved up the ladder, Haryana’s score went down to 783.
The state performed poorly in learning outcomes — which evaluates average language and mathematics scores — where it was at 20th spot with a score of 134 out of 180, the same as last year. It means that while nine states improved the quality of education imparted in this segment, Haryana failed to register any improvement. This isn’t surprising as many government schools in the state don’t have maths teachers and students find themselves incapable of writing even a sentence in English. “In science subjects i.e. mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science, as against the sanctioned strength of 11,333 posts, 5,698 were filled and 5,635(50%) were vacant,” a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for 2017-18 states. In terms of equity, which looks into performance of students from minority groups and difference between performance of girls and boys, among others, the state was ranked 19th.
The only segment where the state appeared to have fared well was infrastructure. While it scored 116 out of 150 in 2017-18, the score went up to 125 in 2018-19. The overall standing still slipped by one position, suggesting that the improvement was marginal and not at pace with that of other states. Education department officials said they are yet to evaluate the report. They expressed hopes of performing better this year, as CM Manohar Lal Khattar recently announced an increase of 28% in budget allocation to education compared to the previous year. “In the past five years, state government has improved its performance in enrolment and retention of students and overall performance of education. Budget allocation has improved and major push will on science and education,” the official said.





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