The move was long overdue. The Delhi Government has taken a big leap when it announced the formation of its own board for secondary education, Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) in place of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Scheduled to come into effect from the 2021-22 academic session, the board is expected to bring about the much-needed change in the education system. Coming as it does in the wake of Aam Aadmi Party’s leaders’ clamour for reforms in the education system with their flagship curriculum viz EMC the new board can prove a catalyst in redefining education system in the country.

With own education board in place, the government can now introduce the innovative teaching and learning processes it has long been vouching for. Under the new system, the Aam Aadmi Party government can implement continuous assessment based marking system.

With EMC and Happiness curriculum the Arvind Kerjriwal led AAP government seeks to do away with the rot in the convention education system especially the obsolete examination system.

Announcement of the DBSE brought a new hope for the students and parents fed up of the age-old ways of imparting education. They are looking forward to see a qualitative change and result-oriented education. To achieve real success though, it requires fundamental
changes in the system on ground zero.

Announcing the formation of the board, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that a set of schools run by the Delhi government will be affiliated to it after de-affiliating from the CBSE

Initially, 20-25 Delhi government schools will be affiliated to DBSE. Kejriwal hoped that all the state-run and private schools will come under the new board within four to five years.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said that the present education system focuses only on learning by rote that needs to be changed. He said a high-end-technique will be used to teach students under the new education board.

The decision to set up Delhi’s new education board was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister.

Around 1,000 schools are run by the state government schools in Delhi while there are around 1,700 private schools. Most of these schools are affiliated to the CBSE. Kejriwal aims to bring the schools in the National Capital under the new education board in phased mannner.

Education minister Manish Sisodia will chair the new board and it will be overseen by a governing body. Its everyday activities will be coordinated by an executive body headed by a CEO.

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The opinion expressed in the article is of the writer. Writer is a freelance journalist/journalist based in Delhi

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