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Enrolment rate of elementary education not on expected lines
Wednesday January 23 2008 00:00 IST
U Anand Kumar


NEW DELHI: Contrary to the claims of the Government, the general enrolment rate in primary and upper primary education has not gone up on the expected lines.

Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday released the statistics on “elementary education in the country and progress towards Universal Elementary Education (UEE) 2006-07’’ at the executive committee meeting of the National Mission for Sarva Siskha Abhiyan.

This document was the second publication on the same subject brought out by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA).

Significantly, for the first time, the Muslim enrolment both at the primary and upper primary levels of education was included. As expected, for composite primary and upper primary level of education, Kerala is ranked first followed by Puduchery, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. Delhi tops the Educational Development Indicator (EDI) for primary level followed by Puducherry and Kerala.

At the upper primary level, Kerala ranked first followed by Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh. The EDI is developed based on the four broad parameters of access, infrastructure, teacher and outcomes related indicators.

In 2005-06, Kerala was also ranked first in case of composite primary and upper primary levels of education.

  Wednesday , January 23 , 2008