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‘Fudged’ school results: Govt rubbishes BJP allegation

Goel had alleged results were fudged to hide poor performance in schools

The Delhi government on Sunday rubbished state BJP’s allegations that the government was fudging government school results with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit saying that some parties were only keen to create chaos and confusion by misleading people.

“The results of Class 10 CBSE examination for our government schools are touching 98 per cent. There has been substantial improvement in our class 12 results as well. This allegation is very surprising considering the Union HRD Ministry finalised a list of 200 toppers of all India government schools in class 12 CBSE examination of which 124 students are from Delhi government schools,” Dikshit said.

On Saturday,Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel had alleged that the good results in government schools this year were fudged. Citing a survey conducted by the BJP,Goel had said that the government school students were encouraged to use “unfair means” to push up the pass percentages.

Following Dikshit,the Delhi Education department too sent out a rebuttal to the BJP’s aspersions,saying that the Class 12 Board examinations were conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and not the Delhi government.

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“To say that these results are achieved through unfair practices is totally false and baseless since the CBSE exams are not held in the schools where the children study and evaluation is done by external evaluators,” a senior official said.

Speaking to the media,Goel had said the Delhi government was committing a fraud in the name of implementing Right to Education. “A survey by us shows that attendance records in government schools are fudged and quality of education is very poor. Teachers are forced to push students to the next class as there is pressure to show progress,” Goel said.

Goel said the survey also showed the Directorate of Education focusing only on private and public schools. “Every year the population of government schools increases by 4-5 lakh. Instead of increasing the number of schools,80 have been shut down by the government. So,there are 976 schools which have more than 10 lakh children,” Goel said.

Goel also commented on the poor infrastructure in government schools. He said that one class had around 80 to 100 students and most of the schools were short of teaching staff,with nearly 12,000 vacancies yet to be filled. Further,he said,the teachers were burdened with clerical jobs such as election duty and census data collection.

The Delhi BJP chief also accused the government of cheating. “One student is enrolled in many schools and money that is given to students under various heads such as uniform is being misused. There should also be in inquiry into how funds for the mid day meal is being used.

Claiming that the corporation-run schools were performing better,Goel promised that if the BJP came to power in Delhi,it would relieve teachers of non- teaching work.