In a historic course of events, the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal passed a bunch of education bills in the assembly for the reform in education system of the state. Among the bills that got passed there are Delhi School Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill, 2015, the Delhi School Education Amendment Bill 2015 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill, which would scrap the no-detention policy from the entry level classes.
Calling it a historical moment, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal during the discussion over the bills in the assembly said, “The three bills are proof that we are very serious about education. It is our top priority. Eradicating corruption is just a means; ultimately our goal is that every child in the city is educated and healthy.” He further said it was necessary to bring these changes in the education system as there is presently no private school running without cheating or corruption, which needs to stop.
Kejriwal further added in the discussion saying, “Now the mechanism will be such that those who want to run their schools with honesty can do so, and those who don’t will be punished. Every private school will pay school teachers’ salaries as per what the government prescribes. For this, a committee will give suggestions. Schools will adhere to the formula set by this committee.”
Talking about the Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill, 2015, Kejriwal said, “Verification of accounts is a first-of-its-kind Act being passed. If it is successful, it could set an example for other states.
According to opposition leader Vijender Gupta the Verification Bill is a bogus and this would help the private entities to create a document which would further encourage the exploitation of the teachers and school staffs by the school administration. He said, “What the government is doing is legalizing exploitation of parents at the hands of schools. Where does the government think the money will come from if they impose fine on a school? It will be from the parents. What justice is this?”