Delhi government to form its own education board

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Manish Sisodia In a bid to reinvent school education in the state, Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia has informed that Delhi will form its own education board on the lines of CBSE and NCERT, come out with new syllabus and also amend existing education laws. The deputy CM also informed that plans are also afoot to frame syllabi and pedagogy for the Delhi government schools.

He was interacting with government school principals at Thyagaraj stadium in the presence of CM Arvind Kejriwal who said the government was planning to create 45 model schools in Delhi in next the one year.

Presently, all government schools are affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and follow NCERT syllabi, which has been the longest standing board in Delhi.

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Explaining that the education system in Delhi is working on an Act made in 1973, which has become old, Sisodia said that the world has moved on, Delhi was still following the old law. He stressed that there is need to rewrite it according to modern vision and modern education system.

It may be mentioned that some time back, nearly 200 Delhi schools have appealed to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for relief while awarding marks to class XII board examinees, especially in the mathematics paper. There were complaints at schools across the country that this year’s question papers were unusually difficult and lengthy. For their part, CBSE officials had said that the issues raised by schools would be taken up by a team of subject experts, which will then decide on the marking scheme.

Sisodia said education was a priority sector for the government and that the same would be reflected in the future budgetary allocations. The deputy CM further stressed that simply making provisions in the budget won’t work if there is no vision, and the government had two “important missions—to skill students and impart value education.” This, he said, would help create responsible citizens after 12 years of education.

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