The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital has set up the Delhi Board of School Education to bring about the most awaited reform in assessment of the system. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier said that in the coming 2021-22 academic session, 20 to 25 schools will be under the new board.
The Board will have a Governing Body, chaired by the Education Minister, and it will also have an Executive Body for day-to-day functions and will be headed by a CEO. Both bodies, as per various media reports, will have experts from professional industries, the education sector, principals of government and private schools and bureaucrats.
Earlier this month, Kejriwal had said that there are around 1000 government schools and 1700 private schools in Delhi. “All government schools and most private schools in Delhi are affiliated with CBSE. In academic session 2021-22, we will include 20 to 25 schools in this board,” he said.
In regards to the selection of schools for the new school board of education, the chief minister had said that the schools will be selected after discussion with principals and teachers of the schools. The Delhi government hopes that within the next four to five years, all schools will voluntarily get affiliated to the board.
The DBSE is aimed to promote application-based learning, discarding rote learning, and promoting innovative assessments for school children. Ajay Kumar Choubey, principal, Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Hari Nagar, said the newly established board will help introduce some reforms in education, which will be a departure from traditional learning. The board will be introduced from KG – Class VIII, while Class IX-XII students will be taught CBSE syllabus.
A PGT Mathematics of a government school highlighted that its being speculated that initially 20 to 25 schools from East Delhi will follow the new board on the pilot basis. “Suggestions are invited from teachers and principals for suitable alternatives for three-hour annual examinations. They have also been asked to find out reasons behind failure to implement Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme, activity-based learning.”