Kejriwal government passes three bills set to ‘reform’ Delhi’s education system

It was necessary to bring these changes in the education system because “in the present, nobody could run a private school without engaging in cheating or corruption,” said the chief minister.

Written by Shikha Sharma | Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2015 10:32 am
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Calling it a “historic” moment, the AAP government Tuesday passed a bunch of bills to introduce major reforms in Delhi’s education system. These include the Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill) 2015, the Delhi School Education ( Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill which scraps the no-detention policy from entry level classes.

“It is a historic moment. The three bills are proof that we are very serious about education. It is our top priority. Eradicating corruption is just a means, ultimately our goal is that every child in the city is educated and healthy,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during discussions on the bill.

It was necessary to bring these changes in the education system because “in the present, nobody could run a private school without engaging in cheating or corruption,” said the chief minister.

“Now the mechanism will be such that those who want to run their schools with honesty can do so, and those who don’t will be punished,” he said.
The chief minister also assured teachers that their salaries would not be reduced. “Every private school will pay school teachers salaries as per what the government prescribes. For this, a committee will give suggestions. Schools will adhere to the formula set by this committee,” he said.

Kejriwal claimed that on account of transparency in the whole system, the fees charged by private schools would also decrease. “Verification of accounts is a first-of-its-kind Act being passed. If it is successful, it could set an example for other states,” he said.

Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta called the fee verification bill ‘bogus’ and accused the government of playing into the hands of private entities to create a document that would “encourage exploitation of teachers and school staff”.

“What the government is doing is legalising exploitation of parents at the hands of schools. Where does the government think the money will come from if they impose fine on a school? It will be from the parents. What justice is this,” asked Gupta.

The BJP MLA also registered his opposition against deletion of Section 10(1) — which deals with pay parity of government and private school teachers — from the Delhi School Education Act.

The clause came after a long struggle by teachers and its elimination would make teachers vulnerable to exploitation from school authorities, he said.

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    Dinesh
    Dec 7, 2015 at 10:30 am
    Well you guys voted useless AK
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      Anil
      Dec 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm
      Useless,Burden for the nation
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        Rakhi
        Dec 3, 2015 at 4:15 pm
        That's a great move !! wonder if something can be done against the schools who deny paying gratuity to teachers. My mom worked as an istant teacher in one of the private schools in East Delhi. She served there for more than 22 years. Due to her failing health, she had to resign this year. It came as a shock to her when the school management denied paying her gratuity. She even sent formal letters to the school management but so far she has not heard anything from them.
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          Amit Mukhopadhyay
          Dec 2, 2015 at 7:34 am
          Not just "reform", but this will revolutionise Delhi's education system. In its poll campaign AAP said this will be done, people approved of it and voted AAP to power, after coming to power they are implementing what they promised. Some BJP people are making political screams about black money etc. But the bills (now acts) leave no scope for black money or corruption. The acts are aimed at removing the disparity between the two parallel worlds of school education in Delhi -- the world of private schools and the world of govt schools. There is an artificially created "status gap" between the two education worlds, which needs to be first reduced and then removed completely, and bring the two worlds on par with each other. This is in line with the universal principle that all children should get equal opportunity.
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            amit Singh
            Dec 2, 2015 at 8:12 am
            During my school days, I remember clearly Teacher are never given the amount equal to ry in government School, bcos it is impossible to run Private school at those ries as those amount will be burdened on children fees. So School r forced to adopted illegal method to just show in books. Delhi Government did the right thing which everyone felt is required / demanded but where helpless. Delhi Govt also ured that Teachers will never receive less than whatever they r getting currently, which failed the intention of BJP to play politics and misguide the Teachers and school staffs.
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