Delhi Budget 2020-21 lists new initiatives towards improving education sector. 24 percent of the total budget is allocated for education sector, said the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia. The budget was presented at the Delhi Assembly and here are the updates by Delhi Government:
New plans for education in Delhi
In the financial year 2020-21, Rs 15,815 crore will be spent on education. The annual budget includes many provisions such as:
- Making a separate education board for Delhi
- Revising the curriculum
- 5 new schools of excellence
- Teacher Training University
- Spoken English Programmes for Govt schools’ alumni
- Participation in PISA 2024
Government plans Rs 15000 cr Budget
From the total spending of Rs 15,815 cr in the financial year 2020-21, government has planned Rs 443 crores for education-related schemes of different department.
Out of the total amount Rs. 7031 crore has been allotted for implementing different programmes, schemes and projects which will be 24 per cent more apart from the Revised Estimate of 2019-20.
The government is also contemplating joining the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Test 2024.
India will participate in PISA 2024
Delhi Education Minister, Manish Sisodia mentioned the importance of participating in PISA. Delhi can achieve a distinct place on the educational world map by 2024, he said.
“The Programme for International Student Assessment is the most important international educational assessment process in the educational field conducted every three years,” he further added.
Educational schemes and programmes
Delhi Government has planned to start providing newspapers to children. This scheme will focus on developing children’s interest in newspaper reading.
Govt has allotted Rs 22 crores to launch the new school health scheme from next year. Students will get multipurpose identity cards with their health details mentioned.
Spoken English for better communication
In the current financial year, more than 40,000 students attended special classes on Spoken English. These classes were conducted by the government to develop communication skills and English speaking skills of the students.
According to the reports, almost 25000 Class XI (Class 11) students have been included in this programme. An amount of Rs 12 crores has been set aside for this.
As the programme proved to be a success, the govt has proposed to extend it. It will be extended to the students who have passed their from the different schools in Delhi in the last five years.
Delhi to have a separate Education Board
While delivering the budget, Dellhi Education Minister announced the government’s plan to introduce a separate education board.
Delhi’s own State Board of Education will aim to establish an education system and examinations in which students can focus on understanding and learning apart from scoring marks, he said. The new schemes will prepare them for the upcoming challenges in the world.
The minister also pointed out that the government has also set aside Rs 62 Crore for the same with a budget for the SCERT, reports confirm.