Teacher-student ratio has improved, says Delhi govt report
The number of classrooms across government schools increased to 45,118 in 2018-19 from 24,157 rooms in 2015-16, improving the teacher-student ratio from 62:1 to 33:1, stated the Delhi government’s Outcome Budget released on Monday.
The report, tabled in the Delhi Assembly by finance minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, showed the department of higher education had 86% projects on track — highest among all the 15 government departments. The department had 14% (13 out of 93) critical projects lagging behind.
After introducing the ‘Mission Buniyad’ campaign, reading and maths skills considerably improved among 3.3 lakh students, the report said.
“The national achievement survey found that a majority of government schools students studying in classes 3 to 8 did not perform well as per the grade-level assessment. However, the four-month campaign... helped improve the percentage of students who could read textbooks from 48% to 66%. Also, the percentage of students who could solve a grade-level maths problem rose from 54% to 73%,” it said.
It pointed out that the government introduced nursery classes in 301 schools and till December 2018, 95% seats were filled. It mentioned the spoken English programme of the government.
“24,000 students were imparted training for spoken English skills and soft skills through specialised professional training under the programme,” the report said.
The Pune Municipal Corporation on Tuesday decided to shut down its biogas plants. PMC had erected 25 biogas plants at the cost of Rs100 crore. PMC solid waste management department, head, Asha Raut, said, “PMC has taken the decision to shut down these plants.” Municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar had said, “As these plants are not functioning properly, PMC will demolish it and set up new four plants at different parts of the city.”
KANPUR The police moved court seeking a non-bailable warrant against Haji Mohammad Wasi, a builder and one of the alleged funders of the June 3 Kanpur violence, who had been absconding after Haji Wasi's name cropped up in the case along with Mukhtar Baba, also an alleged funder of the protests in Kanpur, said officials. It was alleged that Wasi funded the alleged mastermind of the Kanpur violence, Zafar Hayat Hashmi.
Noida: The irrigation department has recently surveyed and found that over 90 villages in Noida do not have tap water connection and residents are forced to use groundwater for their daily needs. During the survey conducted over the past two months, it was found that government or community land was available in 68 villages. Officials said that the DPR for 48 villages have already been sent and 37 of these have also been approved.
Noida: The district health department will soon set up mental health counselling centres at educational institutes across Gautam Budh Nagar, officials said. On Tuesday, the department also started training school counsellors in order to start the initiative. According to Dr Shweta Khurana, district consultant for mental health awareness, over 1,400 schools of the district registered with the district inspector of schools, Gautam Budh Nagar, will be covered under the initiative in the first phase.
After Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann gave the go-ahead to the proposed mega integrated textile region and apparel parks at Koom Kalan, the Public Action Committee on Mattewara and Sutlej on Tuesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party of reneging its promise to shelve the project. Accusing the CM of misleading the people, the committee members said the project was sure to violate environmental norms and further pollute the Sutlej river.