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Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) Report 2020-21


The Ministry of Education has released a detailed report on Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) 2020-21 on school education of India.

Report on Students and Teachers in schools

  • In 2020-21 total students enrolled in school education from primary to higher secondary stood at 25.38 crore.
    • There is an increase of 28.32 lakh enrolments as compared to the 25.10 crore enrolment in 2019-20.
  • Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER): It measures the general level of participation has improved in 2020-21 at all levels of school education compared to 2019-20.
  • Level wise GER in 2020-21 as compared to 2019-20 are:2% from 89.7% in upper primary, 99.1 % from 97.8% in elementary, 79.8% from 77.9% in secondary and 53.8% from 51.4% in higher secondary respectively.
  • Teachers in school education:96 lakh teachers are engaged in school education during 2020-21.
    • This is higher by about 8800 in comparison with the number of teachers in school education in 2019-20.
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR): In 2020-21 the Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) stood at 26 for primary, 19 for upper primary, 18 for secondary and 26 for higher secondary showing an improvement since 2018-19.
    • The PTR for primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary was 28, 20, 21, and 30 respectively during 2018-19.
  • Girls in School: In 2020-21 over 12.2 crore girls are enrolled in primary to higher secondary showing an increase of 11.8 lakh girls compared to the enrolment of girls in 2019-20.

Report on Non-teaching staffs

  • Non-teaching staff: The number of non-teaching staff has also improved over the years. Total non-teaching staffs during 2020-21 stood at 15.8 lakh as compared to 12.37 lakhs in 2018-19.

Report on School Infrastructure

  • Schools with functional electricity have made impressive progress during 2020-21 with a net addition of 57,799 schools providing electricity.
  • Now 84% of the total schools have functional electricity facilities in comparison with 73.85% in 2018-19 showing a remarkable improvement of 10.15% during the period.
  • Percentage of the schools with functional drinking water has increased to 95.2 % in 2020-21 from 93.7 % in 2019-20.
  • Percentage of the school with functional girls’ toilet facilities has increased to 93.91 % in 2020-21 in comparison with 93.2 % in 2019-20 by adding the facility in additional 11,933 schools during the year.
  • Percentage of schools with hand wash facilities has also improved during 2020-21 and now stands at 91.9 % as compared to 90.2 % in 2019-20.
  • Number of schools having functional computers increased to 6 lakhs in 2020-21 from 5.5 lakh in 2019-20 showing an increase of 3 %. Now, 40% of the schools have functional computers.
  • Number of schools having internet facilities increased to 3.7 lakh in 2020-21 from 3.36 lakh in 2019-20 with an increase of 2.6%.

What is UDISE+?

  • UDISE+ is one of the largest Management Information Systems on school education.
  • It covers more than 1.5 million schools, 8.5 million teachers and 250 million children.
  • Launched in 2018-2019, UDISE+ was introduced to speed up data entry, reduce errors, improve data quality and ease its verification.
  • It is an updated and improved version of UDISE, which was initiated in 2012-13 by the Ministry of Education under the UPA govt by integrating DISE for elementary education and SEMIS for secondary education.

Why is it important?

  • As per the UDISE+ website, “Timely and accurate data is the basis of sound and effective planning and decision-making.
  • Towards this end, the establishment of a well-functioning and Sustainable Educational Management Information System is of utmost importance today.”
  • In short, the UDISE+ helps measure the education parameters from classes 1 to 12 in government and private schools across India.

UDISE+ : Expected Outcomes & Benefits

  • Enables real-time exchange of information and provides a platform for online uploading of school related details (UDISE+ data).
  • Provides a platform to organize and classify all school data across the country, and build a credible database of school data.
  • Provides unique UDISE code to schools to uniquely identify them.
  • Improved monitoring, measurement and tracking of vital KPIs related to school performance.
  • Enables leveraging data analytics on school data to identify factors affecting school performances.
  • Time-series data allows to study the trend over years and monitor improvement/growth.
  • Rationalizes the capturing of school data – improves consistency and reduces error.
  • Provides traceability and audit trails of officials uploading the school data, Provides improved security of the sensitive school/student data.
  • Provides improved security of the sensitive school/student data.
  • Provides insights on the status of school education in states/UTs including key performance levers and areas for improvement.

Source: PIB; UDISE+

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