Delhi govt starts work on comprehensive evaluation of all 5,800 schools in city

Delhi govt starts work on comprehensive evaluation of all 5,800 schools in city

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has initiated its work on forming a comprehensive school evaluation process through the Child Development Index. The education department along with the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) is working on this evaluation system.

"The evaluation exercise shall comprise Delhi Government, three MCDs, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment Board, aided and private schools. It was held at the Delhi Secretariat. The framework has been created by Adhyayan Foundation, with support from Teach For India and Central Square Foundation," said an official.

After coming to power, the Delhi government made a remarkable development in the field of education and has come up with various new initiatives for the students and teachers–this is one of such. Anurag Kundu, a member of DCPCR emphasized the need of all corporations and each stakeholder of the state to come together in order to achieve the larger vision of providing good quality education to every child.

The Commission is in the process of conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all 5,800 schools (administered, aided and unaided) in Delhi.

This will be an independent, credible and comprehensive school assessment enabling improvement in the quality of learning.

The objective of this evaluation exercise is to provide information to parents and the concerned about the performance of their children's school, devise a system that appreciates well-performing schools and serve as a mechanism for driving efficient administration and governance. It is aimed that accountability is set at the right level so as to facilitate the progress in schools.

"If we don't demonstrate respect towards our own policies, then the children won't learn to respect them either," said Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor to Director (Education).

Adding to this, Ramesh Negi, Chairperson, DCPCR, mentioned that the feedback of the concerned stakeholders is very crucial to work on areas of improvement in the framework as well as to fill any gaps which can be helpful for the Commission to plan ahead.

"To illustrate further, a school premises which has a pile of garbage dump as well as unclean surroundings can do its bit of cleaning locally which can be facilitated by the school principal. Whereas to maintain complete cleanliness, the state's Education Department has to ensure that sufficient sanitation workers are provided in the school as well as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is doing its regular garbage pick-ups," said an official.

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