The Times of India

published on June 18, 2014

Delhi not in top five on elementary education


New Delhi, June 18: Delhi does not feature in the top five ranks of Educational Development Index (EDI) for 2013-14. Puducherry took the top spot with an EDI score of 0.762, while Uttar Pradesh fared worst at 0.462.

The index is a measurement of the country’s progress in terms of elementary education EDI is calculated using a set of 24 indicators regrouped into four sub-groups — access, infrastructure, teachers and outcomes. A report ‘Flash Statistics: Elementary Education in India: Progress towards Universal Elementary Education’ for 2013-14, released by the Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Z Irani, on Wednesday showed that Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka were second, third, fourth and fifth respectively. Delhi stood sixth, followed by Tamil Nadu and Gujarat at seventh and eighth spot.

Student-teacher: ratio In terms of pupil-teacher ratio, Sikkim and Lakshadweep stood out as winners with a ratio of 9 each.

Bihar fared the worst in this category with a pupil teacher ratio of 51, while Jharkhand was second worst with a ratio of 39. Interestingly, Bihar was also the worst performer in 2012-13 and 2011-12, although the ratio improved from 59 to 53 to 51.


In terms of percentage of schools having a functional girls’ toilets, Delhi, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Chandigarh and Daman & Diu saw a perfect score of 100, Arunachal Pradesh fared the worst at 64.75 per cent.


Most north-eastern States fared badly in terms of percentage of schools having library with Meghalaya having libraries in only 7.43 per cent schools, Arunachal Pradesh (18.94), Manipur (24.35), Nagaland (26.05), Tripura (30), Sikkim (35.55), Assam (45.17), while Mizoram fared better at almost 80 per cent. In this category, Puducherry again emerged winner with libraries in almost all (99.58 per cent) schools.


The statistics, prepared annually by National University of Educational Planning and Administration, cover 1.45 million schools spread over 662 districts across all States and UTs.