Karnataka may have taken up several innovations in school education, but it still has a long way to go. This was reflected in the ‘Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2017-18 – Catalysing transformation change in school education’ report that was released recently by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Karnataka appears in the third grade out of seven grades. This index takes into account scores from 70 indicators.
The grading, done on five key parameters — learning outcomes and quality, access, infrastructure and facility, equity, and governance processes, is being followed by all States and Union Territories. While the State’s performance in terms of equity, infrastructure, access and quality is above normal, its score in the governance of schools is not up to the mark. Karnataka, however, has done well in learning outcomes and quality parameters where it shares the second spot along with Chandigarh.
The report showed that the State government has been slow in releasing funds for various activities.
“The average number of days taken by State to release total Central share of funds to societies and to release total State share due to State societies is low,” the report stated.