When the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in 2015, it made a vow to bring tremendous changes in the health and education sector. That change is evident after 4 years with close to nearly 1,000 government schools in the city. The classrooms are clean with bright walls, comfortable benches, projectors, smart boards, air-conditioned with indoor and outdoor facilities.
Delhi government-run schools are excellent in comparison to private institutions. From providing quality education to preparing students with one of its kind education curriculum, these schools have improved remarkably well. The recently concluded 2018 CBSE Class XII results of the government schools stand testament to this. With a 90.68 pass percentage, government schools have outperformed the overall pass percentage of 83.01 per cent. This is the highest pass percentage for Delhi’s government schools in a decade.
With a 90.68 pass percentage, government schools have outperformed the overall pass percentage of 83.01 per cent.
The government-run private pools have lifts and swimming pools — a luxury lacking in many private schools. Before AAP in Delhi, most of the government schools lacked drinking water, basic facilities, toilets and sports. One under such school inside the IARI Pusa campus changed after AAP came to power in 2015. It had a makeover under a pilot project along 53 other schools.
The three-storey school building with colourful pictures on the walls is now much better than many private schools. There are spacious and new benches for students. “I have been a teacher in this school since 2007. I have seen the transformation in recent years. The school earlier had around 20 rooms but now the number is 78 with labs and a multi-purpose hall. There are ACs in labs and children are happy with the changes,” said one of the teachers (Source: Hindustan Times)
Atishi, a former advisor to Education Minister Manish Sisodia, explained how the government initiated the infrastructural reforms. Talking about the earlier times, she said, “Multiple classes were conducted in a single room. Students were forced to sit on the floor due to lack of benches. The walls were in a bad condition. There was a lack of proper toilets and water availability.”
The government has vowed to build 21,000 new classrooms in four years. It has constructed 8,000 classrooms until now and working on 13,000 more. More than 25 new schools have been built in the city while 31 are under construction. Most people give credit to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Sisodia, who says that apart from changes in education, he is determined to improve the quality of education.
Beyond Curriculum and the Normal Call of Duty
The AAP government sent many teachers abroad for training. The previous year, the Delhi government conducted ‘Mission Buniyaad’ campaign during the summer holidays to help studying between Classes III and IX who were not up to the mark due to the nationwide no-detention policy.
Moreover, the government has launched a Happiness Curriculum, claiming to help children fight against violence, hatred and terrorism. It will focus on mental exercise, meditation, gratitude, morals, stories and activities. Also, it will develop an activity-based curriculum to inculcate cleanliness and hygiene among the students.