The ambit of rewards recognising talent and achievement in government schools is slowly but surely increasing. In a bid to create an incentive for better performance among students and staff of government-run schools in the Capital, the Directorate of Education is preparing to send 240 students with outstanding Class X and XII Board results, along with 60 principals and teachers for an educational trip to Singapore.
The three-to-four day trip will tentatively be held in December. The Directorate of Education has tied up with Air India for making tour and travel arrangements. “For teachers and principals, we will have to consider a number of factors including the school’s performance in the Board examination, administration of the institution and the state of infrastructure. Students excelling in sports will also be among the ones selected,” said Education Secretary Rina Ray.
The government-run schools in Delhi have already been undertaking local and outstation tours for students to places of historical and educational interest. The tour, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the Delhi government, is largely meant ensure that the impressive performance graph of their schools during Board result remains consistent in future.
The students and teachers visiting Singapore will be expected to implement the lessons learnt during their trip after their return. “We are not spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned to send these people on a holiday. We expect the students to learn from their experiences and give back to the society here. To ensure this we will have the students sign an undertaking before they leave,” added Ray.
The trip entails principal and teacher interaction with their counterparts in government-run schools in Singapore, seminars and talks familiarising the Indian tour group with the modern teaching methods adopted in Singapore and field trips, among other things.