Delhi’s Educational Model - Introduction
Very recently the judgment was given by the Delhi electorate to the current government, which decided to construct the governance structure around the education. Looking at the current situation every individual of every household in India, either rich or poor has the same fundamental right to education, this can poetically be compared with the freedom struggle by M.K. Gandhi, who encouraged the masses to participate in civil disobedience movement against then British Government. In 1930 it was the salt, and now in 2020, it is the education. This change is remarkable.
Importance of the Education
Education is a crucial facet of Indian society which plays a very significant role in molding the modern and ever-changing industrialization within the region. Many polymaths, intellectuals, and educational experts think education is an all-important and imperative measure to row their feet in, the 21st century's competitive world, apparently very true. Education not only raised the bar of the standard of living for many but very importantly assists millions in finding solutions to our everyday issues and problems and synchronises the people socially and economically to the outer world. Many believe education plays a crucial and important role in eradicating poverty and unemployment, education also assures, every citizen gets an equal opportunity to play his/her part in national development (India in our case).
Quality, not Luxury - Delhi's existing Educational Model
Consistent and regular updates in the last five years on the enhancement of the educational model, led the Delhi model of education, to catch the attention of the entire nation. It consists of five primary ingredients and is very important backed by a hefty 25% of the state’s financial budget.
The legitimacy of Delhi’s educational model now grew to form a better set of reforms. Starting from earlier times, India witnessed compartmentalization of education broadly into two categories, education for rich (classes) and education for poor (masses). Delhi pull-up the socks to eliminate this gap. The underlying foundation belief, quality of education is crucial and not a luxury.
Important ingredients of the famous Delhi Model of Education
FIRST, the ingredient is the, Revamp the Schools infrastructure …
- Tumbledown the School Building: School building infrastructure that fails facilities indicates lower enthusiasm and less motivation for teaching staff and students' engagement in educational activities.
- Modern and Digital Schooling: The Government decided to change this picture by initiating new infrastructure and building new educational institutions equipped with all adequate and modern facilities to boost the needed motivation for engagement in education. These include digital education, smart boards, pleasant staff rooms, sports facilities, well-designed libraries, furniture, etc.
SECOND is the Appropriate Coaching & Tuition of Teachers and Principals:
- In addition to the key reality that the consortium was established to motivate peer learning among them, varied opportunities were provided to teaching staff for their professional growth to sustain modern learning.
- They were nurtured by several national institutions of education, universities, Management institutes (IIM Ahmedabad), and tutelage as required or wherever felt necessary.
- The new way of coaching the teachers with leadership training had a paradigm shift that made Delhi eventually shed the old, traditional learning models and get into the shoes of new best practices available in India and abroad.
THIRD, the ingredient requires the Restructure or Reestablishment of the School Management Committees, for inclusiveness, more popularly termed as SMC.
- Each SMC is allocated an annual sum of around ₹ 5-7 lakhs (approx. $35k-$55k), these SMC can use this allocated fund on several activities within the interest of the school and educational activities such as buying inventory for schools or even spend money on the ad-hoc teaching staff for the limited time period.
- Compulsory, Consistent, and regular communication between, parents and teachers.
- New and improved, Instructions and directions for teaching staff how to communicate with the parents. Invitation to the parents-teacher meeting is announced and advertised through FM Radio, printed media, and social media engagement.
FOURTH, Major leap in Teaching Learning
- In 2016, the government noticed and identified the gap in the loosely structured basic skillset of pupils that led to a rise in the failure rate of Class 9 (Grade 9) Children.
- The basics of education i.e. reading, writing, basic arithmetics coupled with analytical and cognitive skills were made mandatory in regular everyday teaching to appropriately shape the learning curve of Delhi's public schools.
- A remarkable initiative titled “Happiness Curriculum”, was practiced for the emotional development and well-being of younger pupils between age nursery and Grade 8 (class 8).
- Taking this initiative to the next level, the schools, started the “Entrepreneurship mindset syllabus” to develop critical thinking (censorious) and problem-solving abilities for the Children studying in Grade 9 to 12.
- All these power-packed initiatives along with a regular focus on regular subjects reflected outstanding grades and performances by class 10th and class 12th in the Delhi board examination.
FIFTH, Fess to remain same, no increase in Fees.
- These positive reforms and four ingredients touched nearly 34% of the pupils of Delhi’s govt. schools and contrary to this, abrupt and uninformed fee hikes affected close to 40% of the pupils who attend private institutions.
- Before Delhi’s govt. Schools were revamped, and almost all educational institutions hiked their fees approximately 10-15% annually.
- Delhi Govt. confirmed the refund and return of around ₹32 crores back to the respective parents, and ensured that any kind of increase in fees should be justifiable, should have accountability, and evaluated by authorized and appointed chartered accountants. These reforms from the Delhi government safeguard their investment in education, as a result for two years (24 months) no school (govt./private) was disallowed to hike their fees.
Climbing up towards Agenda 2.0
Delhi has traveled across from “Need to construct the foundation of education” to “Education as the strong foundation”, witnessed the positive change due to the introduction of positive reforms in the field of education, these reforms made them standout and asked others to follow their footsteps for better educational practices.
Moving forward asks for better key reforms than just enjoying the luxury of consolidating the positive fact-figures and gains from the past.
FIRSTLY, the curriculum of grades 1 to 8 will be redeveloped to stress learning basic skills and to accommodate the “Happiness curriculum and the Patriotism” based curriculum.
The idea is engraving the constitutional values and making them emotionally flexible and stable, apart from basic learning abilities such as reading, writing, and speaking. And this has to be completed before the first eight years of school life.
Walking further, early childhood education will be strengthened, this the Government plans to open nurseries in every Govt. Schools in the corner of India through Anganwadis (an Indian Pre-school chain).
SECONDLY, overall development is important, hence Delhi Education Board will encourage the education and curriculum that promotes critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Delhi schools will prepare and enhance these children with an entrepreneurial mindset.
THIRDLY, the Govt. Thinks of establishing specialized schools in all 29 dedicated zones of Delhi to upskill the overall growth of Indian Children in the context of Digital Science, Science & Technology, Indian & Foreign Languages (Must be needed), and literature (most neglected, need attention), Fine arts and artistic performance (this is IMPORTANT as well), and last but not least the SPORTS.