New Delhi, September 10: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that Delhi will soon have its own education board, which will be a next-generation board to help students prepare for entrance examinations like JEE and NEET. It will not be a replacement for the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), the minister added.
CBSE prepares students for board exams only
He said that the Delhi government sees the board as the answer to the present situation where students have to take the help of coaching centres to clear their engineering and medical entrance exams, and can prepare only for board exams with the help of schools.
“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 has been quoted as saying to a news agency.
The Delhi Education Minister said that now it is felt that the time has come to create a Delhi education board. Earlier, the work on the new board was put on the back-burner by the government to focus on building infrastructure.
“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 told a national daily.
Separate grades for subjects
There are plans to have separate grades for subjects for students, keeping in mind what they want to study, Sisodia said while elaborating on how the board and its syllabus is expected to be.
“You have four grades for subjects. For instance, divide science into four grades — science for doctors and engineers, science for sportspersons, 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 told the media.
CBSE had hiked its examination fee for board exams, and after that, Sisodia had said that the government may consider having its own board if things continue like this.