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Closer home, Kendriya Vidyalayas can give Delhi govt schools ideas

In the 2016 class 12 board exams, private schools had an 86.67% pass percentage, government schools 88.98% and KVs 95.71%.

State of Schools Updated: Sep 09, 2016 10:11 IST
Shradha Chettri
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A Kendriya Vidyalaya in Andrews Ganj. The KVs provide extra coaching to students in the form of remedials.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

Delhi government schools have a model for best practices closer home in the central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), which outshone their private and other government counterparts in the 2016 Class 12 Board Examinations.

Private schools had an 86.67% pass percentage, government schools 88.98% and KVs 95.71%. Previous years’ trends have been similar as well.

The KVs charge Rs 7,200 - Rs 10,800 annual fee from students, while government schools offer free education. Yet, government schools can emulate a few of KV’s methods, say experts.

Syllabus and Coaching

There are 1,099 KVs across the country and abroad. Governed by an autonomous body under the human resource ministry, they all follow a uniform curriculum.

The KV subject committee experts regularly update the CBSE-prescribed syllabus.

Even private schools seek KV study materials for Classes 9-12, say principals.

All CBSE schools follow Comprehensive Continuous Evaluation system, an activity-based learning, for Classes 1-10. Since there is no clarity on how to space out the activities in government schools, they get bunched up.

“Even when it comes to Comprehensive Continuous Evaluation (CCE), it is announced much in advance and a time schedule given to the students,” said Kendriya Vidyalaya (Andrews Ganj) principal, Rashmi Mishra.

The KVs provide extra coaching to students in the form of remedials. The Andrews Ganj branch holds Saturday classes. “Despite the school running on two shifts, we manage time tables and conduct the remedial classes and they are compulsory,” said principal Mishra. The batches are from 7.30 am-12.30 pm and 12.30-6 pm.

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Teachers are Crucial

The KVs have a teacher-student ratio of 1:45, showed official figures. It is 1:80 in government schools, said teachers.

“If we are going on leave, it is our responsibility to make sure that before we go on leave, we hand over lesson plans to the substitute. We have to make sure that children do not suffer,” said a mathematics teacher at KV, Vikaspuri.

KV teachers are sent to workshops to upgrade their skills. “After every six years, teachers are sent for in-service training for 21 days which is compulsory. We are taught about new teaching methodologies and practices,” said an English teacher of KV, Delhi Cantonment.

Every month, the schools hold parent-teacher meets. “It is compulsory for parents to devote an hour with the students and teachers. This helps parents get involved with students academics,” said principal Mishra.

Government schools, on the other hand, held a large-scale parent-teacher meet in July across its 1,011 schools. For many parents, it was the first time they met their child’s teacher.

Continuity Factor

KV principals say the schools have Classes 1-12. “From the time the child enters school, a profile with their performance details is maintained. With every passing year, the profile gets transferred to the respective classes. The teachers know the students well. That is very important,” said Mishra.

Of the 1,011 government schools, only 400 have Classes 1-12. The rest start from Class 6.

Inspections and Environment

Assistant commissioners of police of the region holds surprise inspections at the school, says another KV principal, who did not want to be named.

“After every 15 days, teachers have to submit their lesson plan diaries which every head of the school has to approve,” said Mishra. Principals are also supposed to supervise the lessons of two teachers every day.

The KVs have well- equipped classrooms, libraries, laboratories and play areas. “We have funds under the Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi (VVN) which is enough to take care of the maintenance of the schools,” said Mishra.