A week old, newly-appointed education minister, Manish Sisodia is on an uphill struggle to fix Delhi’s education system and create betterment in the system, be they lower and higher, public and private.
While talking to a leading publication, he said that Indian public is facing social and governance problems, and to meet the solutions the education must be strengthened, which can offer the ultimate solution.
He stated an example by citing that 20 years later if people still not know how to treat their neighbours and colleagues, then somewhere the government is to be held responsible.
He stressed on the dropout rate of school children is almost 50 % in India for which the problem is needed to be known. Besides, Sisodia added that education has been commercialized and the fully government aided schools have also lost their reliability, with lacking basic amenities of water, clean toilets and other innovative education facilities.
Manish also plans to have a roadmap to effusively implement the RTE Act 2009 in the city, to benefit most out of it.
Upon being asked if any changes are to be expected in the new directives and guidelines for nursery admissions, Manish answered as No and was strongly in favor of the present recommendation which according to him be strictly implemented.
He will start a helpline on which he could be directly contacted on the matter which is the best way to deal with the issues, as told by him.
Manish showed concern for the higher education seats as only 90,000 students of more than 2.65 lakh Delhi school occupies admission seats in Delhi institutions. The education department is to create a roadmap for the rest 1.75 lakh students.
Reservation for Delhiites in those Delhi higher education institutions that gets grants from the Delhi government will now be enacted and to implement and enforce the same, an arrangement with Delhi University and Ministry of Human Resource Development will be setup.
Talking about opening new colleges sanctioned by him, Manish said that education quality is the priority and not quantity. Ambedkar University is brilliant however it is non-affiliating and this change of act may be initiated by them.