The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is on a mission to give its schools a complete makeover.
The civic agency has decided to renovate 30 schools under its jurisdiction and provide options to students who struggle to get into the handful of ‘good schools’ in the city.
The renovated schools will have smart teaching tools such as computers and projectors.
Best teachers from among all of the corporation’s schools will be selected to be part of the makeover project.
Five ‘pratibha’ schools from each of the six zones under the corporation will be selected for the project.
The education committee of the north corporation has directed education directors of all six zones to suggest names of five schools to be chosen for the makeover. These schools will get additional rooms and good toilets, but the main focus will remain on good teaching and the use of English as a medium of instruction. Special educators for differently-abled children and music and sports teachers will also be provided. There will be provisions for a library and computer room.
Currently, English is taught as a subject in about 527 of the 1,700 schools of the united MCD, but no school is English medium. The north civic corporation has 788 schools under its jurisdiction.
“Due to lack of funds and resources, it is not possible to develop all schools at once, so we are trying to renovate them in phases. The population of Delhi is increasing, but there is no corresponding increase in good schools and colleges. It is only by improving government schools that more students can obtain good education,” said Rekha Gupta, chairperson, education committee, North Corporation.