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Delhi districts raise their Performance Grading Index ratings for the school system

Compared to other states, the Delhi districts fared better in the Digital Learning category.

According to statistics from the Performance Grading Index (PGI) for the districts of India, which was provided by the Union Education Ministry, many districts in Delhi have improved their scores in the school education system during the past two years. The reports for the 2018–2019 and 2019–2020 school years, which were released on Monday, assess the district-level effectiveness of the educational system by developing an index for thorough study on several aspects.

Outcomes, Effective Classroom Transaction, Infrastructure Facilities & Student’s Entitlements, School Safety & Child Protection, Digital Learning, and Governance Process are the six categories under which each district receives scores out of a possible 600 points.

Interestingly, the districts in Delhi fared better in the Digital Learning category, compared to other states. In the 2019-2020 report, as many as 180 districts scored less than 10 per cent on digital learning, 146 districts scored between 11% and 20%, while 125 districts had scores between 21% and 30%. All of Delhi’s districts scored over 25 out of 50 in this category. The digital leaning category includes parameters such as the percentage of schools with computers and internet for pedagogical purposes, and the percentage of teachers trained in using computers and teaching through them.

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The districts were categorised into different grades according to their performances: Daksh for those scoring more than 90%; Utkarsh for those between 81 and 90%; Ati-uttam for those between 71and 80%; Uttam for those between 61 and 70%; Prachesta-1 for those between 51 and 60%; Prachesta-2 for those between 41 and 50%; Prachesta-3 for those between 31 and 40%; Akanshi-1 for those between 21 and 30%; Akanshi-2 for those between 11 and 20%; and Akanshi-3 for those below 20%.

Two of the nine Delhi districts—West A and North West—were assigned an Ati-uttam rating in the 2018–2019 report, while the other seven were placed in the Uttam category. 13 districts were added for the 2019–2020 school year, 7 of which were assigned to the Ati-uttam grade. With higher points, the New Delhi, North, West B, South West B, East, and South West A districts advanced to this group.

The districts which climbed up to the Ati-uttam grade had mostly improved their points in the Outcomes, Effective Classroom Transaction and Governance Processes categories. For instance, the North district’s points improved from 410 to 427. Its score for Outcomes increased from 153 to 159, Effective Classroom Transaction from 81 to 83, and Governance Processes from 73 to 79.

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