The Arvind Kejriwal-led government on Monday allocated Rs 10,690 crore --- 22.9% of the total budget outlay for 2016-17 --- to the education sector by focusing on training programmes and physical infrastructure.
Last year, the Aam Aadmi Party government had allocated Rs 9,836 crore for the education sector out of which Rs 4,570 crore was under the plan outlay. This year’s total budget is Rs 46,600 crore.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, announced that the government is focusing on three things in the education sector, including infrastructure development and teachers training.
The budget has made provisions for sending school teachers and principals to Oxford and Cambridge universities for special training.
Sisodia announced that every classroom in government schools will have a CCTV camera which can be monitored by teachers and parents and allocated Rs 100 crore for the purpose.
“Parents will be able to see the recordings on their mobiles and know what their kids are doing in school. For CCTV we are giving Rs 100 crore,” he said in his budget speech.
The deputy CM also said that 21 new schools are ready for use in the national capital.
“If we run these 21 buildings in two shifts we have 42 new schools. We have also built 8,000 new classrooms which is equivalent to 200 schools and we run them in double shift then it is 400 schools. So, we have a total of 442 schools,” Sisodia said.
The government has decided it will not send any teacher for census duty anymore, Sisodia announced.
“We want teachers and principal to focus on teachings. So, we have decided no teacher will be sent for census duty. Every school building has estate manager so that principal can focus on studies,” he said.
The education minister said the government is working on opening new universities and technical institutes. He added that 9,623 new posts for government school teachers have been approved.
“We have started two new ITIs and three other it is along with five polytechnics to be made soon,” he said.
The government has also allocated Rs 152 crore for skill training in schools.