Why the government’s recent report on educational outcomes is misleading
Increased government spending on education has failed to improve learning outcomes
Amidst the brouhaha over Delhi University’s undergraduate programme, a recent report on school education by the education ministry has almost escaped the radar. The annual flash statistics report released last week by the District Information System for Education (DISE) has come up with several surprising findings. Assam, which has a literacy rate of 72%, is ranked No. 1 in primary education outcomes, while Kerala, which has a literacy rate of 94%, is ranked close to the bottom on the same parameter. That’s not all. States such as Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, widely perceived to be laggards in education, are among the top ranked states in primary education outcomes, according to the ministry.