On Wednesday, the Delhi government introduced a new education policy to address the issue of mass failures in Class IX, plaguing government school children, through child mapping, special classes and grouping them in specific segments. Appreciating the intention behind the policy, educationists and school principals are already expressing scepticism over the results it is likely to achieve.
Even if one blames the no-detention policy, it is difficult to explain students failing in any class. It could be because of the students themselves, but mostly it is about the quality of teaching, the curriculum and the way children are taught.
The formative assessments are project based and extremely scoring, while the summative assessments are test based. In Delhi government schools, the entire system is centralized leading to students from across the city writing a more or less common exam irrespective of what they learn in school.
And teachers having little autonomy in setting papers. Government school principals have also expressed reservation over the way the scheme is going to be implemented.
I am not sure how we will maintain an optimum student teacher ratio or teach the deluge of students who will be coming in. Many schools are already overcrowded.
Then there is the issue of schools not having enough permanent teachers. Most schools are running on guest teachers who are just not motivated enough to do anything extra.
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