New Delhi will soon have its own education board. The board will not be a replacement of CBSE but will help students prepare for the competitive exams such as JEE and NEET, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
The current situation is that students enroll in schools for the board exams but have to take extra coaching in order to prepare for the exams such as NEET and JEE, Mr. Sisodia said. "This is an irony but I see it as a blessing that there is no education board in Delhi. We are preparing to give Delhi its own education board.”
"We thought about this in 2015 itself and even started working towards it. However, when we saw the condition of the buildings and got a sense of the scholastic environment in the classes, we realised that before introducing a new board, we had to first work on improving the infrastructure," he told PTI in an interview.
Sisodia also said that the government has long put the creation of the board on back burner but now the time has come create Delhi’s own education board.
"The government is working on it (the new board). It is not going to be a replacement for CBSE but a next generation board," the minister said.
Elaborating about the board, Sisodia said that they plan to have separate grades for separate subjects keeping in mind what the students want to pursue.
"You have four grades for subjects. For instance, divide science into four grades -- science for doctors and engineers, science for sportsperson, science for humanities. If a child wants to become a journalist, he/she can take A grade language and maybe C grade of science so that if he has to cover science, he is well-versed with the basics," Sisodia explained.
Another problem that the board will issue is to help students prepare for the competitive exams.
"The examination system and curriculum should be practical. For example, as of now, if a class 12 student wants to appear for the IIT entrance exam, he will go to coaching centres. Why not make it part of the board? The child is not able to rise above his own capacity. So what is the advantage? We do not know what we are preparing the students for," he said.
Mr. Sisodia has also written about the necessity of having a separate education board for Delhi in his recent book ‘Siksha’.