Monday, April 30, 2007
Education Development Index
The Education Development Index (EDI) prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) shows that Kerala ranks first and Bihar stands at the bottom. The EDI was prepared to track the progress of states towards providing universal elementary education. The break up data showed that Delhi tops in primary education and Kerala tops in upper primary. Among the best performing States were Kerala, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry while Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal and Bihar were at the bottom. As for maintenance at the primary level, Tamil Nadu recorded the best at 100 per cent. Next in the line is Madhya Pradesh (95.50) followed by Kerala with a retention rate of 95.37 per cent. At the national level, the retention rate has gone up from 58 per cent in 2004 to 71 per cent in 2005.