There are around 946 government schools in Delhi in which several lakh students are studying. Indeed there are somewhere around 50 students in one class in maximum government schools and in view of this the State Government has decided to introduce two shifts. While addressing a gathering at ‘Janta ki Cabinet, Janta ke Beech’ on completion of 100 days of Delhi government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the AAP Government is planning to run double-shift in 75 schools.
So keeping the promise in an effort to cater to a large number of students and to improve the student-teacher ratio in government schools, Delhi government has suggested that more such schools should be run in double shifts. The decision to run five schools in double shifts was taken by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio in the cabinet.
In August this year, Manish Sisodia had suggested to private schools in the state to see if they would like to run institutes in two shifts. At the same time he proposed that private schools must work towards reducing curriculum for students of class IX to class XII by 25 per cent.
Earlier in March, Delhi Government announced expansion and improvement of infrastructure of government educational institutions with more teachers along with formation of a committee to regulate private schools admission and fees.
As per the proposed plan, five government schools which will be run in double shifts are : Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Sector-4 (Ambedkar Nagar), Government Co-ed Senior Secondary School (Sundar Nagri), Sarvodaya Co-ed Vidyalaya (Peeragarhi Village), Government Boys Senior Secondary School (Amalwas Jwalapuri) and Government Co-ed Senior Secondary School (Bindapur).
Government has provided basic infrastructure for double shifts in these five schools and would also create 8,000 new classrooms so that students get quality education.
A government official said, “A few months back, the education minister had directed his department to find out government schools which were overcrowded so that they can be run in double shifts.”