For the second consecutive year, the education sector in Delhi got the biggest share as government is focusing on the improving the facilities and infrastructure for the students and teachers in Delhi.
In the coming year there will be 10,000 new class rooms and government high schools will get 400 new libraries. The Delhi government also announced its scheme for the early childhood education centers and five schools of excellence with English as their medium. The budget approved is huge but it does not say anything on one other major challenge of the education sector that is recruitment of teachers.
"The education sector continues to be the highest priority of our government ... This indicates our firm commitment to improve quality education in Delhi government schools," said finance minister Manish Sisodia while presenting the budget in the assembly.
- This year education accounted for 23.5% i.e. nearly 11,300 crore of the total budget.
- This allocation is nearly 90% more than the 2016-17 budgets.
These allocated funds will enable the government all-round improvements in student services such as upgrading computer labs, school libraries, new schools, classrooms, improved mid-day meal etc.
The budget even being massive still received criticism as it does not said anything about the recruitment of teachers without which all such facilities may not mean much and failed to contribute in the overall development as expected.
Ambarish Rai of the Right to Education forum said "There are 27,000 vacancies that need to be filled. The government has neither addressed this issue nor made a commitment to recruit more teachers."
He also said "the decision to give computer tablets to teachers would merely make them happy, not enhance the quality of teaching. The plan to revamp the two District Institutes of Education Training and to start a teacher training center in Ambedkar University were not robust enough measures to train the required number of teachers in the capital. "To begin with, we need decentralized institutions at cluster levels. We need to provide the teachers a regular support system of training centers linked with quality education."
Another critic said "The childhood centers are just another way to open the doors for private players to enter the education sector. The government should have focused instead on reviving anganwadi centers."