Delhi government has decided to expand the Schools of Excellence programme by setting up four-five such schools in each zone.
The Schools of Excellence programme with a focus on a particular stream in each of the 29 zones in Delhi started in 2017 with five schools.
According to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, the project will be completed in three or four years.
The Indian Express states that the existing schools will be converted into schools of excellence as building new schools requires land, which is not readily available.
Specialising In Each Stream
Each school in a particular zone will specialise in one stream. Let’s say one school is set up for science. We will bring in the best science teachers for this school. It will have the best infrastructure and ample opportunities for participation in national and international science fests and competitions.
He further stated that the students who wish to study science would get enrolled in these schools after Class X board exams.
In these schools, all sections in classes XI and XII will be dedicated to the science stream. Similarly, there will be schools for commerce, humanities, and perhaps sports and music, he added.
The schools aim to provide an institution that follows all model conditions to the parents and children. This includes smaller classrooms, healthy student-teacher ratio, the best infrastructure among all government schools, and no vacant posts for teachers.
The admission to classes IX and XI will be through an entrance test similar to the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVVs) which admits meritorious students after Class VIII through an entrance test.
These have been among the best performing government schools in Delhi for over a decade.
Schools Of Excellence
The Delhi government had added a fourth category of ‘Schools of Excellence’ to the existing classification of government-run schools: Rajkiya Vidyalaya, Sarvodaya Vidyalaya and Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya.
The Scheme aims to bring government schools at par with the private schools.
Sisodia had stated that the concept behind the plan is not to create a new building but a new system altogether.
He had inaugurated the first school in Dwarka’s Sector 22 in February, last year.