Keeping in view the increasing demand for English-medium schools, the Chandigarh Education Department proposes to covert all non-model government schools, where the medium of instruction is either Hindi or Punjabi, into model schools, where the medium of instruction is English.
The Union Territory has 108 government schools, of which half are model schools and half non-model. They have the same curriculum, the same fee structure, the same uniform and the same facilities. The only difference is the medium of instruction.
Director Public Instruction (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said that non-model schools were no longer the crowd pullers, as every student wished to study in an English-medium school. “This is the reason why we have proposed to make all Hindi-medium schools model schools this year.
We will soon present the proposal before the Advisor,” said Kumar.
“Every year, we see a huge rush for admission to model schools. It’s only when the seats are filled in the model schools and students are left with no option that they go to the Hindi-medium schools,” he added.
Kumar clarified that even after converting the non-model schools into model schools, the students would continue to have the option of selecting their medium of instruction. “If 90 per cent of students would wish to study in English, there would be separate classes for them. If the rest of them would want to study in Hindi or Punjabi, separate classes would be arranged for them too,” he said.
In the last few years, some non-model schools have been made model schools but this has not been sufficient to meet the demand for English-medium schools.
Deputy DPI(S) Chanchal Singh said that in 2012, the Government School in Sector 28 was divided into two parts, separated by a wall, one model and the other non-model. “It was observed that very few students took admission to the Hindi-medium school while there was a huge rush outside the model school for admissions. Later, the entire school was made a model school,” he added.