New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday said that his government has been creating a model school in the southern state on the lines of Delhi and invited Arvind Kejriwal to visit it.
Tamil Nadu CM along with his Delhi counterpart visited Rajkiya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Vinod Nagar where the officials briefed Stalin on the change in the education system in the city under the AAP government.
According to an official, the Delhi government has been spending around 25 per cent of its budget on education consistently for the last six to seven years, a report by news agency PTI said.
“In 2014-15, government schools had a pass percentage of 88 in class 12, which was less than private schools. It increased to 98 per cent in 2019-20 as compared to 92 per cent in the private schools,” he said.
According to a Delhi government statement, Stalin said, “I heard about Delhi government schools and Mohalla clinics from my Cabinet and newspapers. I contacted Arvindji a few months ago and told him about my interest in visiting them. He accepted my request and showed me the schools and mohalla clinics today. What he has built is excellent. I’m planning to build a model school like this in Tamil Nadu very soon,” PTI quoted Stalin as saying.
“After coming to power in Tamil Nadu, we have been giving the highest priority to the education and medical sectors. Just like model schools are running in Delhi, we are doing in Tamil Nadu also. We will invite Chief Minister Kejriwal after the completion of work there. He should come, I invite him on the behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu,” Stalin added.
Kejriwal also told Stalin that the principals of the government schools are sent for training abroad and the teachers are trained in Indian Institutes of Management.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia added that the Delhi government is trying to move the children to innovate ways of learning.
When Stalin asked about the improvement in terms of English, the Delhi CM said that they have tied up with the British Council and the US Embassy to train the teachers in the language.
Kejriwal also briefed Stalin about the new education board, the happiness curriculum, deshbhakti curriculum and the entrepreneurship programme — Business Blasters.
Informing that his government focused on improving the school infrastructure in the first few years, Kejriwal said, “We have sports facilities, including swimming pools. One cannot even think of swimming schools in government schools. We have a very good infrastructure.”
“At the second stage, we started sending all principals and teachers for training. They are now full of energy and confidence. And now we are focusing on the content being taught in the schools,” he added.
Kejriwal further said that education can help build a better society and an empowered nation.
“The Delhi government would love to share its experiences with Tamil Nadu and will learn from their work too. We need to learn from each other’s ideas. All states need to work together to help the country walk faster towards development,” he said.
Saying that Stalin’s Delhi visit will motivate both the states to bring reform in their education system, Sisodia added, “We can bring an unprecedented transformation in the country if we work together to improve our education system by learning from each other.”
According to the officials, over 500 students from Delhi government schools qualify for the JEE Mains every year.
Around 3.5 lakh children have shifted from the private schools to Delhi government schools this year, they further said.
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