Kejriwal is fooling again! Breaking the myth of AAP govt bringing the revolutionary change in education sector and performance of students of Delhi Government Schools

There has been a much hype that AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) Government has transformed the education sector of Delhi. It has developed the government schools to a whole new level. Few days ago much uproar was also made about the good results under AAP Government in the board exams of Class X and Class XII in Delhi Government Schools. But is it really true?  Let’s have a look

Reforms by Delhi Government & their Reality

Doubling The Budget:  The AAP government claimed to have doubled the education budget, but in reality, it was increased by just 17.9 per cent, out of which, Rs 1,000.74 crore lapsed due to non-utilisation, as per the data drawn from Detailed Demand for Grants in Budget. So it’s just a symbolic increase in budget without actual implementation.

Chunauti Scheme: “Chunauti” scheme implemented by AAP Government is seen by many activists and educationists as discrimination of young children which will damage their psyche. According to national convenor, RTE Forum, Ambarish Rai “Children will lose their self esteem due to this compartmentalisation”. It is like dividing children into AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier and General compartment.

Installation of CCTV: Reform such as putting CCTV cameras in all classrooms treats teachers like assembly line workers and strengthens the perception of an antagonistic relationship between teachers and students.

Change in Curriculum: The Delhi government, with schools affiliated to CBSE, cannot unilaterally change the curriculum but AAP government has done so. They have even not consulted with the curriculum framers before amending the syllabus.

Bursting the myth of Delhi govt schools performing better

According to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Government Schools in Delhi have the lowest pass percentage among all the categories of school that comes under the CBSE. The overall pass percentage in CBSE affiliated schools across the nation was 86.7% while the Delhi Government schools had the lowest pass percentage at 69.32. Private schools in the Delhi region had a pass percentage of 89.45 while government-aided institutions had a pass percentage of 69.96.

On the other hand, central government schools have performed much better. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas had the highest pass percentage in the Delhi region with 98.63 followed by Kendriya Vidyalayas at 97.03, according to CBSE officials.

Moreover, Most government schools in Delhi simply don’t offer the core and critical subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in which students are likely to fail. Out of over 800 Delhi Government schools, only 553 had Mathematics at the class 12 level (250+ schools didn’t have a critical subject like Math), just 244 had Physics/Chemistry, just 234 had Biology. Also, the scores are absolutely dismal. Just passing a board exam means nothing, especially when you do so by taking a set of subjects in which it is extremely easy to pass. The top schools in Delhi (based on average) so far haven’t seen a single govt school with an average > 80

Also the report by Praja Foundation on the state of public education in Delhi, December 2017 states “The government is only showing data which makes it look good, but when you dig deeper, you can analyse that there are major issues in the education department” (Quora)

According to report, If we look at these results, the passing percentage of Class XII students in Delhi Government schools has remained the same throughout the years and it is much lower than Central government schools.

Let’s understand the actual reality between the 90.6% pass percentage of govt schools in Class XII.

These students who cleared Class XII in the academic year 2017–2018 would have enrolled in Class XI in the academic year 2016–2017

Number of students who enrolled in Class XI that year = 150,480

Number of students who appeared for Class XII exams later = 112,286

Number of students who passed Class XII exams = 102,260

Now, almost all these 150,480 students made it to Class XI due to lenient checking in Class X

If these 150,480 students would have been subjected to CBSE checking in Class X and had the same number of students passed that year, who passed in CBSE Class XII checking this year, the passing percentage would come out to be 67.96% which is very near to the present Class X result.

Similarly in case of X class results also, the passing percentage has went down after the AAP govt came into power. It is much lower than the central government schools which has a whooping pass percentage of 99.83 %

The ‘Chunauati 2018’  programme launched by AAP Government promoted all those students who failed Class IX to Class X. Government then identified weaker students throughout all government schools, including the ones who were promoted despite failing in the last class, and migrated them to schools of distant education called Patrachar Vidyalayas. These 500–700 schools were stuffed with 62,000 academically weak children. These children were provided distant education with ‘extra-focus’. When the results were announced last year, 98% of those children had failed the exams. This comes despite the fact that they were given flexibility to skip subjects like Mathematics.

It is important to note that the results of these distant learning schools are not counted under govt school results and hence, Delhi govt effectively weeded out weak students to improve their results.

Many other reports and surveys have also been published in past which clearly shows that under the AAP Government in Delhi the results have dipped below

According to Hindustan Times report, only 31.5% students could pass the Class X pre-board exams and only 21.5% of these children had passed the mid-term exams. There were many schools where the pass percentage was as low as 10%.Even the report also throws light on the subject that the teacher’s availability in some of these schools is not there and they only have guest teachers which are also not fully trained and qualified.

A survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revealed that Delhi is among the five worst-performing states and Union Territories across India on learning outcomes and the worst in English (language) for Class 8 students. In Delhi, only 32% of Class 8 students surveyed could answer an English language question, while only 34% of the students could answer a math question. The stats are even more terrible for lower classes.

Shaala Siddhi, an initiative by the Union government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) to evaluate accountability and transparency of a school’s performance found that in terms of quality of teaching, 63% of state government schools show an average level of teacher quality while 22% show a high quality. In comparison, 56% of private schools show an average level of teacher quality while 30% show high quality.

Some other points that reflect the reality of Delhi Education sector is, There is shortage of staff in school and also delay in the release of funds.No scholarships are being provided to minority students.50,765 students  has dropped out of AAP govt schools in 2017,Over 16 Lakh students have no textbooks in AAP govt schools. Morover AAP govt has allowed Delhi’s private schools to hike fees by 15 percent.These are some of the achievements of AAP Government for deteriorating conditions in education sector.The CAG has also slammed the AAP Government last year for poor state of education affairs.

Despite the “tall claims” of educational reforms by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government,the reality is the performance of Delhi Government schools has fallen.The AAP Government is just fooling the people for their political benefits.

Credits : Aditya Tiwari







Praja Foundation report