Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was a matter of concern that the pass rate of Class 12 in Delhi Government schools dipped by 5.38 per centage points and the number of students, who scored above 90 per cent and 95 per cent, also declined compared to last year, though Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been trumpeting about the “Delhi model of education”, to create a false narrative. He said that the truth was that such an education model does not exist in Delhi, in the absence of lack of infrastructure and teachers in Government schools, and unless these lacunas are addressed, standard of education in Government schools will continue to deteriorate.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that Kejriwal was misleading Delhiites about the “improvement” in the standard of education in Government schools without strengthening the infrastructure and appointing teachers to vacant posts, which was reflected in the 10th Board exam results this year as according to the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), 93.12 per cent of Class 10 students cleared the exam this year, which was a dip of 1.28 per centage points from last year. He said that the Kejriwal Government indulged in corruption in the renovation of class rooms with Rs 1300 crore being seuandered for the construction of 2400 class rooms, though each class room could have been constructed for Rs 5 lakh, about which a CBI probe is on.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that students of Delhi Government schools could have done better had the Kejriwal Government took a reality check of the state of affairs in Government schools and improved things, instead of creating a over-hyped “Delhi Model of Education” without doing uplifting work at the ground level. He said that there was 40 per cent shortage of teachers in Government schools and 50 per cent schools do not teach and science and commerce subjects in the absence of teachers in these subjects. He said that 30 per cent students had failed in the Class 9 and 11 exams this year, yet the Government did nothing to improve the situation in Government schools other making empty boasts.
Ch. Anil Kumarsaid that Delhi school students have advantage over students from many other parts of the country considering the fact that the Capital has, overall, a robust education system, due to the presence of many well-known private schools in Delhi, but the Kejriwal Government has not invested much money and effort in improving the quality of education in Government schools depite making a huge allocation of Rs 16,575 crore for education in the Delhi budget.