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More students switch to government schools from private

NEW DELHI: The government schools in the city have got more students from the private schools in the last two years, asserted the authorities. The education department led by the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia planned to build some 8,000 schoolrooms since taking office in February 2015 and planned to add an equal number within one-and-half years. The number of schoolrooms built so far amounts to constructing some 200 new schools. To strengthen the school infrastructure, the Delhi government has also planned 100 new schools in the coming years.
Talking to Millennium Post, Kali Charan, the Principal of the Government Boys Senior Secondary School at New Ashok Nagar said: "From class 1 to 7, every year, we are getting new students and most of them are from private schools of the area. A silent education revolution is happening."
He elaborated that the school got two new floors and more class rooms which have helped the authorities to accommodate these extra students. "Previously we used to merge the classes, so the class strengths used to increase but now, we do not keep more than 40 students in a class," he said. Charan added that previously they had only one sweeper which the government made to five. "Now you will not find dirty washroom or classes here," he added.
The authorities described that the new classrooms, multifaceted libraries and new floors have given the strength to the authorities to accept these students. While the parents of these students were overwhelmed to bring their children to these schools, the authorities are trying to provide much better education.
The students clad in colourful clothes were celebrating Teachers' Day in every classroom. For this day, the authorities took the decision to exchange the roles for this day and the students were teachers on Tuesday. The parents were also present there. "Why will I take my son to a private school when he is getting good teaching and comfortable environment ?" said Shweta Singh, mother of a student. The parents also said that in the last two years the school had improved a lot both in education and infrastructure.
Another school in Central Delhi, Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya on Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg has become the first Delhi government school to boast of audio-visual teaching aids, projectors in classrooms, besides a swanky new building with all conveniences. Around 3,200 girls and 1,752 boys study in the school in morning and evening shifts respectively. "The change in infrastructure has helped us to compete with the private schools and we are getting the good response from various parents," said Dr Devendra, the principal of the school.
The government in its 2015-16 Budget allocated Rs 9,836 crore for the education sector. It increased the spending in its 2016-17 Budget, allocating Rs 10,690 crore for education –23 per cent of the total Budget. Last year, the Delhi government launched its "Chunauti 2018" programme which aims at enabling students, especially of Class 9, to overcome the adverse effects of the "No Detention" policy and raise their ability to read. The students in each class have been divided into two sections 'Pratibha' and 'Nistha'. Students with overall good or average performance are kept in Pratibha, while the weaker students are put in 'Nistha' group.

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