Plan for a new education board in Delhi

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that his government believes that education should play a guiding role in society.

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In an unprecedented step, the Delhi government has set aside a portion of its Rs 65,000 crore budget estimate for developing a new school education board for the state. Of this, it has set aside Rs 62 crore for setting up a separate state board of education for Delhi and developing a new curriculum for its schools. While almost all schools run by the state governments in other states follow their respective state boards, Delhi’s government schools follow the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that his government believes that education should play a guiding role in society. This is possible only when we connect education with the contemporary needs of society, and the possibilities of tomorrow. For this they will also have to make changes in our curriculum and examination system so that our students can go beyond book knowledge and gain practical knowledge and use it properly. The aim of the new Board is to establish such a system of education and examination in which children focus on understanding and learning rather than score marks by rote learning, so that they prepare themselves for the possible challenges of the upcoming world.

An expert committee of eminent scholars will prepare a new curriculum for all classes of its schools, beginning from nursery. Last year, Sisodia had raised the need for a separate Board in Delhi after the CBSE introduced a significant exam fee hike. He also announced that students of Delhi government schools will be prepared to appear for the 2024 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam. An international test of education quality and student ability, the exam takes place once every three years for 15-year-old students in participant countries.

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