The government of Delhi has decided to introduce a new category of schools which will be known as the schools of excellence.
There are 3 kinds of schools currently working under the government: Rajkiya Vidalaya, Sarvodaya Vidalya and Pratibha Vikas Vidalya. This fourth category will be introduced with 5 schools starting from the 2018-19 session.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodiya, who also handles the education ministry, declared the government’s vision behind this initiative. He said that the schools would provide quality education in English medium and will start functioning by April 2018. He added that the vision of the government is to ensure at least one school of this format in each of the 29 zones of Delhi. The location for 5 schools is Rohini, Khichdipur, Kalkaji, Madanpur Khadar, and Dwarka. The buildings have been constructed and are ready for use.
There will be three sections:
- from nursery to Class V with a maximum of 25 students in each section
- from Class VI-X, there will be two sections having a maximum of 40 children each
- Class XI and XII, where there will be four sections with a maximum of 40 students each depending on the stream selected.
The admissions to class nursery to V will be based on the neighborhood criteria i.e. the children living in the neighborhood areas of the school will be given preference in the admission. Classes IX and XI will have admission tests. The strength for each school has been fixed to an approximate of 1245 students. As the name suggests, the schools will have modern infrastructure and quality educational facilities.
The Cabinet has also decided to set up a world-class skill centre in south-west Delhi’s Jaunapur area. “The Cabinet has approved Rs 254 crore for setting up the world-class skill centre. Construction of the skill centre will be completed in the next two years,” Sisodia said. This would be second such skill centre in the national capital after one such facility in East Delhi’s Vivek Area.