The Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Arjun Singh released the Flash Statistics: Elementary Education of India: Progress towards Universal Elementary Education (UEE) 2006-07 in the meeting of Executive committee of the National Mission for SSA in the presence of Secretary, School Education & Literacy.
This time document adds the enrollment of Muslim in the primary as well as upper primary levels of education, which has been attempted for the first time in the country. This document will further help to track progress of the States towards Universal Elementary Education (UEE) for Primary and Upper Primary levels as well as for a composite look at Elementary level of Education. This exercise will help in targeting Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to the most needy districts. The Government is already focusing on districts with substantial population of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities and educationally backward districts. The EDI is based on four board parameters of access, infrastructure, teacher and outcomes related indicators. The index takes into account 23 variables for calculating EDI. These variables are for Access (Percentage of habitations not Served, Availability of Schools per 1000 Population and Ratio of Primary to Upper Primary Schools/Sections), Infrastructure (Average Student-Classroom Ratio, School with Student-Classroom Ratio greater > 60, School without Drinking Water Facilities, School with Boy's Toilet, School with Girl's Toilet), Teachers( (Percentage of Female Teachers, Pupil-Teacher Ratio, School with Pupil Teacher Ratio > 60, Single- Teacher Schools (in schools with more than 15 students), Percentage of Schools with 3 or less Teachers, Teachers without Professional Qualification), Outcomes (Gross Enrolment Ratio