The Arvind Kejriwal government on Tuesday has announced the setting up of the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE). Taking to Twitter, Delhi’s Directorate of Education has announced, “Now Delhi has its own education board. Delhi Education Board got registered today.”
The directorate of education has congratulated students, teachers, and other stakeholders adding that this will bring the most awaited reform in their assessment system. In the coming 2021-22 academic session, 20 to 25 schools will be under the new board, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier said.
The Board will have a Governing Body, chaired by the Education Minister. It will also have an Executive Body for day-to-day functions and will be headed by a CEO. Both bodies will have experts – from professional industries, the education sector, principals of government and private schools, and bureaucrats.
The principal of a government Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Awadhesh Jha, said the new board will be beneficial for students as, apart from 1700 private schools in the Capital, there are 1,035 government schools where students from poor economical background study and cannot afford CBSE schools, their exam fees, and relative charges. Jha said the new state board as proposed will make students self-employable and prepare them for entrepreneurial skills.
Apart from the government, some private schools have also given a thumbs up to a separate education board. Though the principal of DAV Public School, Pushpanjali Enclave supported the DBSE, it is concerned about its functionality.
In July last year, the Delhi government had constituted two committees to prepare the scheme and framework for the formation of the state education board and curriculum reforms.
Students and parents are also in support of the government’s move. Shiksha Desai, a student of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, said her parents — both wage labourers — cannot afford CBSE exam fees. The Class 10 exam fee is Rs 1,500 to 1,800 while for class 12 students, it ranges between Rs 1,500 to 2,400.
She said her seniors have registered for the Uttar Pradesh Board where the exam fee is Rs 600 for both classes 10 and 12. “I have also decided to take admission in the nearby UP school next year. The news of a new board has come as a relief to me. The education board will be functional next year and I can happily appear in the first batch.” Shiksha lives with her parents in the bordering areas in East Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar.
Parents associations, meanwhile, have voiced concerns. The president of the Delhi Parents; Association Aprajita Gautam said the DBSE should follow the NCERT curriculum like the national boards. “When it comes to entrance exams, CBSE students have an edge over state board students, therefore, the Delhi board students should follow NCERT books,” he said.
All India Parents Association national president Ashok Agarwal said the formation of the education board does not make sense as it is the CBSE model that has worked for Delhi students. “The CBSE follows a standard pattern which most schools have followed successfully. I don’t understand the need for a separate board and why would private schools in the Capital want to adopt the state board when they are already switching to international boards like IGCSE, IB.”
Moreover, students from the border districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana take admissions to Delhi government schools to get a CBSE certificate as it gets weightage colleges admissions as well as jobs across the country, Agarwal said.