Performance incentives for teachers, more power to principals, a new school complex — these are among the many plans laid out by Education Minister Manish Sisodia for the future of Delhi schools.
Stating that the government’s focus this year was on providing adequate infrastructure and facilities in Delhi government schools, Sisodia, also the deputy CM, said improving the quality of education and providing adequate training to teachers for better results would be their focus in the coming year.
“There are two issues — peripheral and core. This year went by in addressing peripheral issues related to infrastructure, cleanliness, a certain standard when it comes to the environment. From next year, we can direct our energy to improving the quality of education in government schools, more focus on teacher training and improving the quality of teaching,” said Sisodia.
Elaborating on what the government had accomplished, Sisodia said, “We have added 8,000 new rooms and 25 new schools will be ready by next year. We have paved the way for the recruitment of 9,000 teachers. Another 5,000 will be recruited so that adequate teaching strength is available. With these issues in place, we are now in a position to talk about quality of education in schools.”
He also spoke about plans for creating a one-of-a-kind school complex in Northeast Delhi. “We have recognised about 30 acres of land in Northeast Delhi. We will build a complex of around 10 schools there, with each school specialising in a certain stream. The complex will specifically help to address the education needs of areas such as Babarpur, Ghonda and Gokulpuri,” said Sisodia.
In a bid to ‘decentralise’ the system, the minister also spoke about giving more powers to heads of government schools.
“The principals will soon have the power to appoint their own estate manager and hire ministerial staff. A sanctioned post for the manager is being created. The manager will ensure sanitation and general upkeep of the school, and also update the same on the Swacchta App. A host of powers that rested with deputy directors will be given to principals so that they can take decisions while keeping the welfare of the school in mind,” he said.
Citing difficulties faced during the cleanliness campaign, Sisodia said that while the inspection drive by the school management committees (SMC) had ensured that 80 per cent schools were cleaned up, 15-20 per cent schools are still dirty.
“I had recommended a minor penalty of stopping increments of heads of schools for two years for those principals who had failed to get their schools cleaned despite repeated reminders,” he added.
The minister also spoke of making the inspection reports submitted by SMC inspectors accessible to students and teachers soon, via the app, for effective monitoring of cleanliness in schools.
The government is also contemplating giving performance increments to teachers based on results of students.
“We have already conducted two surveys and a third end-of-year survey will be conducted by parents again in the 55 model schools. Based on the feedback received, we are thinking of giving performance incentives to teachers who have done well this year,” added Sisodia.