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DCPCR completes survey of 4,041 schools in city

DCPCR completes survey of 4,041 schools in city
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has completed an evaluation of 4,041 schools of Delhi under its initiative, School Development Index (SDI). School Development Index (SDI) comprehensive evaluation of all schools in Delhi on safety, learning and inclusion criteria.

The exercise covered all schools administered, aided and regulated by education departments of Government of NCT of Delhi, East MCD, South MCD, North MCD, New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board.

This means nearly 5,650 schools in Delhi including private ones.

"We are getting really positive feedback from government schools as well as private schools about such assessment, in contrast to the initial fear about the same. Leave alone states, very few nations across the world, have the courage to establish an assessment of its schools," said education minister Manish Sisodia.

He added that it is a question of utmost importance to the nation, as to how are the places where every citizen spends 6-8 hours of his/her childhood? "Where does a school stand on relevant quality parameters. It's most important to understand this as a nation," the minister asked.

The School Development Index evaluation exercise carried out by the Commission will result in a comprehensive, credible and independent evaluation of the schools on following parameters: Child Safety- Physical, Mental, Sexual, Medical, Hygienic, Fire, and Building Structural.

Learning- Availability, adequacy, and accessibility of teaching and learning resources, and learning outcomes.Social Inclusion: Extent of inclusion of students admitted under EWS or DG quota (private schools), and involvement of parents in decision making in the school.

"All the data collected except private information of children shall be placed in the public domain through a bilingual (English and Hindi) interactive dashboards accessible to parents for learning about the performance of the schools they may consider for admissions of their children or track the performance of the schools their children are currently attending. Different parents have different priorities and needs of their children," said an official.

He added that the interactive dashboards will allow the parents to look at schools' performance on the criteria of their choice as they will be able to organise schools' on the basis of the distance from their locality, type of the school, performance on one or more criteria, etc allowing them to make informed decisions.

"Evaluation reports prepared under School Development Index project built stronger accountability in governance as all officers across departments of education. All School Principals, Zonal Officers up to Deputy Chief Minister will have such dashboards, said an official.

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