In order to improve the quality of education at the government run schools and raise their standards to that of private English-medium schools in the city, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is planning to outsource the management of several of its primary schools to non-profit private organisations on the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The development comes in the backdrop of an increasing demand among parents from the low-income parents for quality education. To begin with, 35 of 588 primary schools managed by SDMC, which have extremely low enrolment with less than 40 students attending them, will be handed over to private players on a 15-year contract. No fees will be charged from students and the curriculum will be solely decided by the civic body. The private organisation will hold the responsibility of running and managing the schools, improving the quality of education, and bringing in new teaching and learning methods. For the first year, the private organisation will work without any pay and their work will be assessed by SDMC before continuing contract.
Ashish Sood, chairman of the education committee, SDMC said: “We have categorised the schools. There are around 35 schools which have low attendance. There are around 189 schools where infrastructure is sufficient but lack quality education. There are another 130 schools that require infrastructure and better quality education. Before drafting the proposal we examined the policy being adapted by Gujarat and Mumbai.”
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