Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Index

On the Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, West Bengal has topped the chart in the large states category.

Four Categories of states in Index

Index has divided states into four categories: large states, small states, North East and Union Territories.

Which organisation prepared the index report?

The report on ‘Index on Foundational Literacy & Numeracy’ has been prepared by ‘Institute for Competitiveness’. It was released by chairman of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), Bibek Debroy.

Key Findings of the report

  • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Index is an indicator of literacy among children aged below 10 years.
  • In the ‘large states’ category, Bihar languished at the bottom.
  • In ‘small states’ category, Kerala was placed at top spot.
  • Jharkhand emerged as the worst performer on the index.
  • Kerala scored 67.95 in large state category while West Bengal scored 58.95 in small state category.
  • Among Union Territory, Lakshadweep topped the index with score of 52.69.
  • Mizoram topped the list in Northeast category, with score of 51.64.
  • More than 50 per cent of the states scored below the national average of 28.05.

Worst Performers

  • In Union Territory category, Ladakh was listed at the bottom.
  • In North East Category, Arunachal Pradesh came last.

Index on Foundational Literacy & Numeracy

The ‘Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy’ establishes an understanding of overall state of Foundational Learning among children below ten years across states and Union territories in India. It has five pillars, comprising of 41 indicators. The five pillars include:

  1. Educational infrastructure
  2. Access to education
  3. Basic Health
  4. Learning outcomes and
  5. Governance.

Out of the five pillars, states have performed worse particularly in governance pillar.


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