Education Ministry’s PGI 2019-20 report out; 5 States, UTs attain Grade I++

The Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 report, released yesterday, reveals that levels and grades gained by five states and Union territories, namely Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Kerala, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu, have achieved Level II (Score 901-950), i.e. Grade I++, according to a tweet by Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal.

The PGI, which is divided into two categories, Outcomes and Governance & Management, has 70 parameters with a total weightage of 1000 to catalyse transformative change in the field of school education.

For the first time, five states and UTs have exceeded the 90 percent PGI score and received a Grade I++. 33 States and UTs have improved their PGI scores in 2019-20 compared to the previous year, according to state-wide performance in PGI 2019-20. Ladakh is in grade VII with the score range 0-550. No state or UT is in grade VI. Meghalaya has a score range of 601-650, i.e. grade V.

Nineteen states and UTs have shown improvement by 10 percent (36 points) or more in the PGI domain of ‘Governance Process’. At least 20 percent improvement can be seen in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan & West Bengal. In the PGI ‘Access’ domain, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Punjab have shown an improvement of 10 percent (8 points) or more.

In the PGI ‘Infrastructure and Facilities’ domain, 13 states and UTs have shown improvement by 10 percent (15 points) or more. Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Odisha have shown improvement by 20 percent or more. More than 10 percent improvement can be seen in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Odisha in the PGI domain of ‘Equity’.

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Cabinet Minister for Education said in a tweet, “The difference between the maximum and minimum PGI scores is more than 380 points in year 2019-20. The main purpose of the PGI is to make all the States and UTs aware of the areas where there is scope for improvement. We aim to have all the States and UTs at the highest.”

The PGI has been designed by the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL). The first PGI was published in 2019 with reference to the year 2017-18. The present publication of the PGI Report for 2019-20 is available on the portal of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

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