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Kerala ranks first on primary education index

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The latest analytical report on District Information School Education (DISE) released shows that Kerala is ranked No. 1 among the 21 major states (large in geographical area) in the latest composite Education Development Index (EDI) prepared for the primary and upper primary levels of schooling for 2006-07.

The EDI rank list is topped by Kerala (0.772), followed by Delhi 0.757), and Tamil Nadu (0.741).The report on the EDI was prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) based on the District Information System for Education (DISE), a comprehensive database on elementary education in India, which is had created in recent years.

The EDI is a comprehensive index computed based on 23 indicators classified broadly under 4 categories – Access, Infrastructure, Teachers and Outcomes.
Interestingly, Delhi is the only 'Top 5' state, which has improved its overall position in terms of infrastructure in primary and upper primary schools ie schools have got drinking water, common toilets and girls' toilet facility. The states are advised by NUEPA to analyse all the indicators used in EDI computation district-wise, and within a district, block-wise and follow it  up by adopting appropriate strategies.

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