New Delhi, April 21, 2017: To fulfill the promise of better and corruption-free education, the Aam Aadmi Party Government has passed a bunch of bills to introduce major reforms in Delhi’s education system including- the 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 scraps the no-detention policy from entry level classes.
According to the Delhi’s Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodiya, it was necessary to bring these changes in the present education system because “in the present, nobody could run a private school without engaging in cheating or corruption”.
But how much work has actually happened?
Educationists have already shown concerns about AAP’s scheme from the very beginning. The party has been directed by the Delhi high Court to defend its education reform plan ‘Chunauti 2018’, after a plea alleged that the policy excludes primary school students. Many such controversies have always followed the education reform issue.
The ‘Chunauti 2018’ plan, introduced by the Directorate of Education, specifies the method to assess and guide students from 6 to 9 with an aim of improving learning levels. According to opposing pleas, the emphasis is more on school buildings, teachers and toilets rather than learning.
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Assessment has shown huge learning deficits as well. Also, a test conducted by the government indicated that 74% of class 6 students could not read or write Hindi texts, proving the existence of major loopholes in the primary education system.
Credit should be given where it is due.
It is noteworthy that Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has realised that improving education is very much needed and AAP is earnest to make an impact. But misdirected efforts can lead to fruitless results, and at the end effort or potential becomes secondary, only the result counts. In the name of a corruption-free education, AAP seems much more interested in the competition between government schools and the private schools, as proven by the CBSE Class 12 result out hype.
So where exactly are the reforms headed?
Many government schools do not offer critical and difficult core subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. How can Government schools claim to be doing their jobs unless they offer these science stream subjects to interested students?
NewsGram, in order to do a reality check, contacted Naveen Kumar Uppal former District In-charge of West Delhi School Management Committee ( a task force made by Delhi Govt to employ and oversee the reforms and SMC functioning) and also an AAP volunteer.
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According to Naveen Uppal” “Arvind Kejriwal had said that within five years they will make sure that the government schools become more developed than private schools. As he is not able to actually follow that road, even after saying all that, he is opting for such hype.”
“He even talked about his experiences as a district in-charge SMC, when the authorities were mute about their numerous complaints about corrupted school principal of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Chand Nagar, Rajouri Garden and much more such incidents.
According to Uppal, there has been very little concrete work, AAP has just been busy with media hype. “The conditions of the schools actually have not changed much,” he added.
Uppal also points out to the wastage of crores of rupees being spent on housekeeping of schools, yet the facilities are not available much. Authorities have been silent about these complaints as well. “We all want what’s best for the society. Something good and concrete must happen,” he added.
A number of people believe that AAP actually lacks a solid planning to execute something as big as this. Allegedly, all the chairpersons in the School Management Committees are AAP volunteers who are either portrayed as Social workers or MLA representatives. One can easily get their names from Delhi Govt. run schools and trace their history as AAP volunteers.
Also, it is very much evident that AAP has a very hostile relationship with the private schools in Delhi. Parents in Delhi have hardly got any relief with respect to admission processes in private schools.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.
The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.
On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.
Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.
According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.
On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.
The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.
Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.
“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.
The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.
Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.
The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.
According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.
“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.
“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.
Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.
“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.
The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.
Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.
Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.
The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.
The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)