On March 28, the Delhi government unveiled annual budget of Rs 46,600 crore for the financial year 2016-2017. This year, the education sector has bagged a large amount of Rs 10,690 crore which is 22.9 percent of the total plan outlay. The prime concern will be on the training programmes and infrastructure, as informed by deputy CM Manish Sisodia. There was one more good news in the Delhi budget for the candidates looking for teaching jobs. The Delhi government has sanctioned around 9623 Teachers posts for the next fiscal year apart from the 5500 Delhi teachers jobs in the current session.
The decision for the same was taken in December 2015. The decision that once implemented will cost the government about Rs. 540 crore per year. The government also took the decision to bring in EdCIL – Education Consultants India Limited – to conduct the recruitment test for teachers online and will allow a ‘one-time’ age-relaxation to guest and contract teachers. This group will also get ‘additional weight’ for teaching experience.
For the next fiscal year, apart from the appointment of the teachers, around 1101 new schools will be opened to raise the education standard in government schools by reducing the faculty-student ratio and the Teacher’s recruitment will be done for the same. On the basis of the promises made by Aam Aadmi Party during the elections, Delhi Finance Minster Sisodia stated that they have started construction of around 83 School Building and soon will establish around 50 model schools so as to continue its expansion scheme with around 1101 schools in the coming year.
Both the move comes with the government’s initiatives towards developing a healthy faculty-student ratio in order to uplift the educational standard in government schools. In the 2016-17 Budget it has also been proposed that every classroom in the government schools will have CCTV cameras and for this scheme, Rs 100 crore has been allocated. The feed would be accessible to all officials, the Education Minister and parents.
The new school buildings and various classrooms would be accessible to the students from July 2016 onwards. Manish Sisodia said, “If we run 21 buildings in two shifts, we have 42 new schools. We have also built 8,000 new classrooms which are equivalent to 200 schools and we run them in double shifts then it is 400 schools. So, we have a total of 442 schools.”
Delhi Government has also decided that the government will not send any teacher for census duty anymore. The teachers and principal have to become responsible for their duties all by themselves.