Published: 24th May 2022
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia at World Education Forum 2022: Here are highlights from his speech
He went on to state how government schools in Delhi are currently a lot better than private schools. This is why parents send their children to government schools in Delhi with pride
In the last seven years, the number of students in the government schools of Delhi has increased by 21 per cent, Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi revealed on Monday, May 23.
The Deputy CM of Delhi was speaking at the World Education Forum, 2022 which is happening in London. He was amongst 122 education ministers and experts from around the world, as stated in a report by PTI.
"When I speak about the future of education, I do not only mean the future of the students who are studying in schools but also of families, societies and nations. Education today is not only about educating those who are uneducated and under-educated but also about educating those who are being miseducated," he said.
"In 2015, there were student accounts of a collapsing government school system — dilapidated classrooms, outdated curriculum, zero facilities and no dignity in learning. Government school students were certain that they could never contribute to India's future," he shared.
"However, we changed that perception in just a few years. Today, Delhi government schools have become world-class. The schools are equipped with modern buildings, smart classrooms, and grounds with excellent sports facilities," he added.
Sisodia also holds the portfolio of education. He went on to state how government schools in Delhi are currently a lot better than private schools. This is why parents send their children to government schools in Delhi with pride.
"Compared to 2015, at present, the number of students in Delhi government schools has increased by 21 per cent. Our students now achieve nearly 100 per cent pass percentage, surpassing private schools' results. Also, there has been a steep rise in the number of students qualifying for prestigious exams every year," he said.
"As a government, first of all, we asked the school principals and teachers to share their vision for their schools rather than telling them what they need to do. There was a 10-fold increase in principals' financial power and they also got the authority to appoint support staff and resource persons," he informed.
"Capacity building and exposure of school principals and teachers in Cambridge, Finland, Singapore and Indian Institute of Management paid rich dividends. About 25 per cent of the total state budget is allocated to education every year, making it the highest in India among the state governments," he shared.
Happiness Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum and Deshbhakti Curriculum — the gathering was informed about these and other curriculums which have been implemented by the government of Delhi.
Sisodia even responded to queries. When the Education Minister of Zimbabwe asked about reducing dropout rates in schools, Sisodia said, "We, as a part of the government, just need to make the educational spaces interesting and dignified, students will definitely come back.