According to Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia, the board will toe the new National Education Policy’s line.
The Education Minister of Delhi said that the Delhi Education Board will, in all likelihood, be fully functional by 2021, but emphasised on the fact that the new board will not be imposed on government schools. Sisodia, who is also Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, further added that the board will toe the line of the new National Education Policy (NEP) released on July 29 by the Union Cabinet, and continuous evaluation will be an important facet of the board.
In an interview with PTI, Mr Sisodia said, “We have recently set up two committees for working on the proposed board as well as curriculum reforms. An ideal situation would be that we make it operational by next year. Initially, around 40 schools will be affiliated to the board, which could be either government or private. What happens in other state boards is that the private schools are free to make their choice whether they want to opt for CBSE, ICSE or state board, while government schools follow the state board. We will have no imposition. It will be optional for both government and private schools. We want to make the board so enriching and useful, that there is demand for it.”
Talking about Delhi government’s focus on the new NEP, he said, “We are studying the policy in detail. We have already been working on some of the reforms proposed in it. There are a few anomalies but there are a few good things too. I have told the two committees that our board will be in sync with the NEP because as a nation we are together but the focus will not be on evaluating students once a year and encouraging rote learning in process,” he said.
Last month, the Delhi government had set up two committees to make the scheme and framework to begin planning on the state education board, including curriculum reforms.
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