Delhi’s education model making history

A couple days back, Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal commented on Delhi’s education model making history with 98% of 12th grade students in the government schools passing their CBSE exams. He added, “In private schools, 92.2% students have passed and in government schools, 97.92% students have passed. I believe that no government school in any state in the history of India would have achieved this result.”

It’s truly an incredible feat and the credit goes to the well qualified teachers, the stimulating and supportive school environment and of course, the diligent, hardworking students! Some principals and teachers were also sent on a 12-day training session to Cambridge University. Moreover, subjects such as retail, travel and tourism, information and technology, beauty and wellness, financial market, management, and security were introduced as courses in the schools. And the School management committees (SMCs), who are responsible for monitoring and assisting in matters of the school, have also done their job to a T! The AAP government took several other steps to strengthen the Delhi model of education too. They made education free up to Class 12 and increased scholarships for students who scored above 80 per cent. Along with this, they also introduced the ‘Chunauti’ scheme in 2016, to monitor and reduce the dropout rates in school.

All of these factors played an equally important role in getting such outstanding results! The government ensured that the public school students were at par with the private school ones in all fields - whether it be facilities provided or the curriculum completion. And that certainly reflects in their performance!
Out of the 916 public schools in Delhi, 396 of them have 100 percent students passing the examinations!
The other states could also take lessons from and emulate the Delhi government and implement some of the changes they adapted such as getting well educated and qualified teachers or by making the schools more tech-savvy. They could start with the smaller changes such as improving the school infrastructure and curriculum and that would eventually lead to some significant difference in the level of education provided. Because no matter what social class or financial background a student belongs to, each one of them has the right to be educated well! Lack of money does not imply a lack of intelligence!

The students of today are not only the future of tomorrow but they’re also the pioneers of future change and innovation! And primary education plays an instrumental role in that! So, we hope that more state governments across the country can start implementing better measures for the upliftment of the quality of education in public schools and we certainly hope to see such amazing results every time!

By - Maanya shah