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In the short span of a decade or so, Delhi’s sub-city Dwarka is becoming a hub of schools offering quality education with some of the tried and tested names having opened their branches here and an array of brand new ones finding their feet.
Tech-savvy classrooms, multi-dimensional curricula, innovative methods of teaching and a plethora of extra-curricular activities are becoming part of the ‘school scene’, making Dwarka schools at par with the best.
Delhi Public school , Dwarka (DPS) leads the pack, just ahead of Nirmal Bhartia School which has improved its rankings in 2013 HT-C fore Top Schools survey. Eight of the top ten schools in west Delhi are in Dwarka.
DPS has topped the charts for the second time in a row.
The school scores the highest in categories such as ‘teacher care & development’, ‘academic rigour’, ‘extra-curricular activities’, among others. When asked about the school’s consistent good performance, Sunita Tanwar, principal, credited it to their holistic approach to child development.
“We place the child at the centre of the entire educational system. The performance of the child is the performance of the teachers, which translates into the performance of the principal and the school,” she said.
Does branding also make a difference?
“It matters as long as it delivers. Ours is a tested, tried and proven name. It has introduced merit in all walks of life,” she said.
St Francis De Sales, Janakpuri, has come third with the highest scores in ‘social accountability’ and second-highest in ‘sports.’ Bal Bharati Public School is next in line.
Gone are the days when the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ method dominated the classroom scenario.
A growing number of schools are adopting innovative teaching methods. Smartboards, guess-on games, explanatory charts and pictures, activities aimed at real life experiences are some of the new ways embraced by schools to do away with rote learning.
The implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system has made curriculum planning more rigorous and benefitted students.
“Students learn better and faster through activity-based learning. They listen and observe, and it remains with them for longer,” said Reema Narula, science teacher, primary wing, Venkateshwar International School. The school follows the Montessori method of teaching for pre-school, and has a resource centre to impart and hone students’ learning skills.
At number five, the school has scored ahead of others on ‘extra-curricular activities’, ‘sports’, ‘individual attention to students’, and ‘innovative teaching’ parameters.
In changing times, keeping pace with reality, schools do emphasise on developing multiple excellences in students by roping in different teaching styles.
There is, however, room for improvement as not all top contenders have fared well in the ‘innovative teaching’ category that goes a long way in determining the quality of a school.