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Schooldays are over, feels govt

The Delhi government plans to overhaul the school education system in the state and model it on the pattern prevalent in the United States. Accordingly, the government wants to hand over the control of school buildings and infrastructure to societies and trusts.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:58 IST

The Delhi government plans to overhaul the school education system in the state and model it on the pattern prevalent in the United States.

Accordingly, the government intends to disassociate itself from getting involved in schools and instead, wants to hand over the control of school buildings and infrastructure to societies and trusts.

"Instead of funding schools, the proposal says the government should fund the students directly,” said a source. Accordingly, educational coupons worth Rs 1,000-1,200 would be given to the students and they can take admission directly in a school of their choice,” said the source.

The draft says that in the US, a similar practice is in vogue. “While school education is paid for by the government, the students are not forced to study in any particular school,” the source added. According to the proposal, the expenditure incurred on each child in a government school is around Rs 1,500-1,600 per month.

In addition, the government has to spend on uniforms and books. The output, in terms of qualitative education, is not comparable to that of the public schools. “We are not merely an employment agency where 40,000 teachers and other staff get their salaries. Our scope has to be different keeping in view the requirements of the future and the limitations of government resources,” the proposal states.

When contacted, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the proposal was being looked into. “We will organise a session with prominent educationists and evolve a consensus,” he said.

SMART BOX
New proposals
• Govt will leave control of school buildings, infrastructure to educational societies & trusts
• Gradually, govt will
also stop recruiting teachers/staff
• Govt wants to fund the students directly
• Educational coupons worth Rs 1,000-1,200 per month would be given
to the students
• Students can take admission directly in a school of their choice