Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Education Minister Manish Sisodia met President Pranab Mukherjee on the evening of 25 September to apprise him of their government’s vision on education and to lay out “ambitious” roadmap for improving the quality of education in schools located within the proximity of Delhi. CM Kejriwal is sure that the education model of Delhi will be the best in the Country.
The statement forwarded by the Delhi Government read: “The Delhi government has taken many initiatives in the field of school education, including improvement of teacher-student ratio in classrooms. Presently, many classes have more than 100 students each. It is impossible for any teacher to teach so many students. Therefore, the government is building 45 new schools and adding 12,000 new classrooms to existing schools. Also, 20,000 new teachers are being enrolled.”
Apart from improving the student teacher ratio, the statement also discussed about providing basic facilities. “The government is also making sure that clean water and separate toilets for boys and girls are provided in each government school. The government has given autonomy to principals and improved the quality of education.”
“In the field of higher education, the AAP government has taken initiatives like the loan scheme, which gives access to quality education for all students, proposal of a world class centre, which is being constructed in collaboration with the Singapore government, and construction of a separate sports university.”
Another new initiative that has been taken by the AAP government is the reduction of 25 percent of the syllabus from the textbooks so as to reduce the burden on children. This scheme was opposed by many educationists as they were of the opinion that the scheme will not prove beneficial for the children and in some way or the other, is harmful.
On September 8, AAP Government launched the much talked about Education Loan Scheme under which loan upto Rs. 10 lakh to the students who wish to pursue their higher studies on successful completion of Class 12 studies. 25 students were also provided with the cheques at the launch event. The beneficiary student will be offered one-year moratorium on successful completion of their degree or diploma programmes after which they can pay back the loan over 15 years through easy installments. The rate of interest to be charged is base rate plus 2 percent. Along with the education loan scheme, Delhi government has launched CM’s Super Talented Children Scholarship Scheme to provide monetary assistance to the deserving students.
It has also been planned that all admissions under EWS quota in private schools will be done as per the laid rules and regulations. CCTV cameras will be installed in all the classrooms. The newly launched skill programme classes have already begun in 200 schools as part of their regular course in the fields of retail, hospitality, IT, etc.