Keeping in line with its promise of improving the quality of education in Delhi government schools, the education sector is expected to receive a major boost in areas such as training, development and skill education, sources in the Delhi government told The Indian Express. Unlike last year, however, the budget for education will not be doubled, added the sources.
Stating that it was “not practical” to double spending on education every year, sources, however, said areas such as skill development and teacher training will see an increase in funds.
“Education is an important sector but it is impractical to double the budget. Last year, the focus was on improving quality infrastructure. This year, it is to improve quality of education. For this, the budget for teacher training and development is going to be increased 11 times — from Rs 9 crore to Rs 100 crore. We are also looking at overhauling skill development in government schools to create a system that makes students employable. This area is also likely to see a 13-fold increase in spending from Rs 12 crore to Rs 150 crore,” said a senior official.
In a first, the government is also planning to give skill certificates to students passing out of its schools, in addition to Class XII passing certificates. “In a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had stressed on the need to give each student two certificates — one denoting marks and one denoting the skills he/she has learnt. The government will make his vision a reality from next year, where every child passing out of a government school will receive a skill certificate in addition to the certificate of his or her Board,” he added.
Beginning with Delhi government schools, private schools may be roped in for a similar exercise during the course of the year. “We will be looking at providing students relevant and cutting-edge skill education from the best experts in the country, and widen the provision of this from Class IX ,” said the official.
During a function in a government school last year, Sisodia had stressed on the need to improve quality of education and to send teachers and principals to reputed foreign academic institutions for leadership training. “… For this, they might be sent to foreign universities, IITs, IIMs… Teacher training will be done in the best institutions so that they feel their training is being invested in,” Sisodia had said.