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Pupil-Teacher Ratio has improved at all levels of school education: Report

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The union education ministry recently released its Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) report 2019-20. Launched in 2018-2019, 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.

Highlights of Report:

1. In 2019-20, total students in school education from pre-primary to higher secondary have crossed 26.45 crore. This is higher by 42.3 lakh compared to 2018-19.

 2. Gross Enrolment Ratio at all levels of school education has improved in 2019-20 compared to 2018-19.

 3. Gross Enrolment Ratio increased to 89.7% (from 87.7%) at Upper Primary level, 97.8% (from 96.1%) at Elementary Level, 77.9% (from 76.9%) at Secondary Level and 51.4% (from 50.1%) at Higher Secondary Level in 2019-20 (from 2018-19).

4. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) has improved by nearly 10% in secondary between 2012-13 and 2019-20. GER for secondary has reached nearly 78% in 2019-20, compared to 68.7% in 2012-13.

5. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) has improved by more than 11% in higher secondary between 2012-13 and 2019-20. GER for higher secondary has reached 51.4% in 2019-20, compared to 40.1% in 2012-13.

 6. In 2019-20, 96.87 lakh teachers have been engaged in school education. This is higher by about 2.57 lakh compared to 2018-19.

7. The Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) has improved at all levels of school education.

8. Number of schools having functional computers increased to 5.2 lakh in 2019-20 from 4.7 lakh in 2018-19.

 9.  Number of schools having internet facility increased to 3.36 lakh in 2019-20 from 2.9 lakh in 2018-

 10.  More than 90% schools in India had hand wash facility in 2019-20. This is a major improvement, as this percentage was only 36.3% in 2012-13.

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