Kerala should take a page from Andhra Pradesh’s book on education access: EAC to PM
The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council presented a study on the condition of foundational reading and numeracy in the country, emphasizing the importance of early childhood education in a child's entire development
Some states may serve as role models in specific parts of fundamental literacy and numeracy, but they must also learn from other states while tackling their issues, according to the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council on Thursday.
The Prime Minister’s independent commission for economic and related problems presented a study on the condition of foundational reading and numeracy in the country, emphasizing the importance of early school years in a child’s entire development.
The EAC-PM emphasized that access to high-quality early childhood education is a fundamental right, emphasizing that the formative years must be understood in the context of children’s socioeconomic, psychological, and technical challenges.
“Education has positive externalities, and the quality of the education provided is especially crucial during the formative years. The current levels of literacy and numeracy achievement, as well as differences between states, should be the focus of remedial work “During a panel discussion on the study, Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the EAC-PM, remarked.
The research proposed, using Kerala as an example, that certain states that serve as role models should also learn from other states, particularly the low-performing ones. Kerala has the greatest performance in the small state, but it may learn from lower-scoring states like Andhra Pradesh (38.50), which surpasses Kerala (36.55) on educational access.
The research highlighted the states’ particularly poor performance on the Governance pillar, with half of them scoring worse than the national average. The pillar-wise studies, according to the EAC-PM, assist governments in “assessing the condition of the budgetary measures and initiatives needed to enhance the state of education and identifying current gaps that limit their growth.”
Larger states like Rajasthan (25.67), Gujarat (22.28), and Bihar (18.23) fared below average, whereas the North-eastern states outperformed the rest due to their greater performance.