AjeyoLAST UPDATED: July 21, 2020, 2:15 p.m.
New Delhi: One of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s major promises ahead of the 2015 elections was that his government will make Delhi’s government schools better than even private schools in the city.
At that time, people took this promise lightly because no one could believe that government schools could be better than Delhi’s expensive private schools. But 5 years later, the CBSE Class 12 results announced yesterday have shown yet again why the Delhi
model of education reforms is the best in the country.
Terming the spectacular performance by Delhi government schools as historic, CM Kejriwal congratulated the students, teachers, parents and education officers for the achievement.
“Feeling v proud to announce that the CBSE class 12 result of Delhi govt schools this year is 98% - highest ever so far. Its historic. Congratulations to my Team Education, all students, teachers, parents and education officers. Proud of you all,” the Delhi CM posted on his Twitter handle.
This year’s results are special for two reasons: one, for the fifth year on the trot, the pass percentage of Delhi government schools in the Class 12 CBSE board examinations have set new records. Two, they have brought some much needed good news for the country at a time when
the coronavirus pandemic and its impact dominate the news.
Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia took to social media to explain the significance of this year’s remarkable performance by government schools.
“Over the past 5 years, we at #DelhiGovtSchools have been competing with ourselves to break our own record each time. This year is no exception!," he tweeted.
The question that is on everyone’s minds is, what is so special about Arvind Kejriwal’s model of education?
These are the 10 reasons why Delhi schools are the best in the country:
1. Highest Education Budget in India: Delhi’s education budget is 25% of the government’s total budget for the past 6 years - highest in the entire country.
2. Doubled number of classrooms in 6 years: In just 6 years, Delhi’s schools now have more than double the number of classrooms from just 17,000 to 37,000.
3. World class infrastructure: Modern infrastructure like swimming pools, auditoriums, laboratories, libraries, etc have made children enjoy their school environment
4. Teacher training at Cambridge, Singapore, Finland: Delhi’s teachers get trained at the world’s best institutions and bring back their exposure to teach the children of Delhi.
5. Direct Involvement of political leadership: CM Kejriwal personally interacts regularly with children, teachers and parents of government schools, which lifts their morale. Just last year, he had attended a parent teacher meeting in a Delhi government school in ITO. Dy CM Manish Sisodia too regularly visits schools and monitors all developments.
6. Expert advisors: Led by Oxford-educated advisor and AAP MLA Atishi, the Core Education team of Delhi govt has brought the country’s best talent in education reforms from NGOs and other model schools and deployed them for the benefit of Delhi’s children.
7. Mega parent teacher meetings: Delhi govt believes in involving parents very closely in the children’s performance. Delhi is the only state which holds regular mega parent teacher meetings for facilitating regular parent-teacher interaction, similar to the big private schools.
8. Ex-army men as estate managers: Like the big private schools of Delhi, the management of every government school is in the hands of ex-army men who are recruited by CM Kejriwal as estate managers. School principals only look after the academics of the school, while estate managers look after the other aspects.
9. Innovation In teaching: Delhi government schools have been running innovative programs to instill specific skills among its students. For example, it launched 'Mission Chunauti' and 'Mission Buniyaad' to ensure that every child is able to read and write. Similarly, many other innovative teaching methods are adopted.
10. Technological intervention: All Delhi government school teachers use mobile tablets to aid them in teaching students. Projectors are used in most higher classes to facilitate digital education, so that children are exposed to the knowledge of the world.