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Kerala Tops in Niti Aayog’s School Education Quality Index; UP Figures Last Position

The government policy think-tank Niti Aayog on Monday launched the school education quality index where Kerala has been ranked No.1

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The index is aimed at evaluating the performance of states and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector. Wikimedia Commons

The government policy think-tank Niti Aayog on Monday launched the school education quality index wherein states, including Kerala, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Assam have been ranked as the best-performing among large states, each achieving an overall performance score above 60 per cent, while Uttar Pradesh figures last in the ranking.

As per the report, Kerala has the highest overall performance score of 76.6 per cent, while Uttar Pradesh came last among the large states, with an overall performance score of 36.4 per cent.

Among 20 large states in the country, 18 have improved their overall performance between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 in what is referred to in the report as “incremental performance”.

Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh showed the most improvement in their performance in 2016-17, in comparison to the base year of 2015-16.

The School Education Quality Index assesses states on the basis of learning outcomes, access, equity, infrastructure and facilities, using survey data, self-reported data from states and third-party verification.

Tamil Nadu was the top performer in access and equity outcomes, while Karnataka led in learning outcomes. Haryana had the best infrastructure and facilities.

The index is aimed at evaluating the performance of states and Union Territories (UTs) in the school education sector.

Among the UTs, Chandigarh has the highest overall performance score of 82.9 per cent, while Lakshadweep ranks last, with an overall performance score of 31.9 per cent.

Delhi was reported to have performed better on governance processes aiding the outcomes category.

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Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh showed the most improvement in their performance in 2016-17, in comparison to the base year of 2015-16. Wikimedia Commons

Among the smaller states category, Manipur emerged as the best performer. West Bengal refused to participate in the evaluation process and has not been included in the rankings.

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The school education quality index, developed through a collaborative process including key stakeholders the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the World Bank and sector experts, consists of 30 critical indicators that assess the delivery of quality education.

Present at the launch event were Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant CEO NITI Aayog and Secretary (Higher Education) Rina Ray, among other dignitaries. (IANS)

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Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity (SCCC) category to fill up 25 posts for Assistant Surgeons/Casualty Medical Officer in Kerala. Pixabay

Unable to get qualified personnel from the Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity (SCCC) category to fill up 25 posts for Assistant Surgeons/Casualty Medical Officer, the Kerala Public Service Commission has issued notification, third since December 2014, inviting applications for the posts.

The notification has been issued by the Health Service Department and the pay scale is Rs 45,800-89,000.

The notification, titled Third NCA Notification or Third No Candidate Available Notification, was issued on July 27, 2019, with last date of application as August 29.

The first NCA notification was issued on December 26, 2014, and the second on December 30, 2016.

The No Candidate Available notification was issued after the state public service commission first advertised for the post among SCCC candidates in November 2011.

The latest notification reads: “The above vacancies are now in existence. The ranked list published by the commission as per this notification will be valid until candidates are advised and appointed against the vacancies earmarked for SCCC community but remain unfilled due to the paucity of the candidates during the currency of the ranked list published on 25.03.2013 for the post (Category No.567/2012, Gazette Date:19.11.2012).

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In Kerala, No Candidate Available notification was issued after the state public service commission first advertised for the post among SCCC candidates in November 2011. Pixabay

“This is the third NCA notification, published due to the non-availability of sufficient candidates belonging to the SCCC community for the post as per first NCA notification dated 26.12.2014 (Category No. 597/2014) and second NCA notification dated 30.12.2016 (Category No. 485/2016).”

It also says: “Direct recruitment (from candidates belonging to SCCC community only).

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“Note: Applications submitted by candidates belonging to communities other than the SCCC community will be summarily rejected. No rejection memo will be issued to such applications.” (IANS)