In a significant development aimed at enhancing the quality of education in MCD schools, principals from these schools will now receive school leadership and management training at prestigious institutions, including IIM Ahmedabad and other IIMs.
This move mirrors the successful teacher training initiatives implemented in Delhi government schools.
Education Minister Atishi announced during a press conference that the first batch of 50 MCD school principals would commence their training on June 29 at IIM Ahmedabad. The objective of this training is to bring about a transformation in MCD schools by equipping principals with high-quality skills and knowledge.
Atishi stated, “Over the past eight years, a revolution has transformed the education system of Delhi government schools. I firmly believe that once our teachers and principals from MCD schools receive high-quality training, a similar revolution will permeate through the MCD schools, unstoppable and transformative.”
“I am confident that within the next 3-4 years, world-class education will be accessible to every child from Nursery to Class 12 in government schools of Delhi through initiatives like these,” the minister added.
Atishi highlighted the improved academic performance of students in Delhi government schools, not only in board examinations but also in competitive exams like IIT-JEE and NEET.
However, she acknowledged the challenge of addressing the lack of foundational literacy and numeracy skills among students transitioning from MCD schools to Class 6 in Delhi government schools.
Atishi said, “Over the past 15 years, the education system in MCD schools has been neglected to such an extent that students completing seven years of education (from nursery to Class 5) often struggle with basic reading and writing skills.”
“Since the formation of the AAP government in MCD, education has also become a top priority there,” she added.
She emphasised the need for providing MCD school teachers with the finest professional development opportunities and identified premier management training institutes like IIMs as the best choice for this purpose.
“I believe that once our teachers and principals from MCD schools receive training, a similar revolution will transpire in MCD schools as well and no one can stop it,” she said.
“Within the next 3-4 years, world-class education will be available to every child from Nursery to Class 12 in government schools of Delhi,” Atishi added.
Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi echoed the importance of quality education during the formative years from nursery to Class 5 in MCD schools. She emphasised that providing teachers with innovative pedagogical skills and principals with effective management abilities is crucial for the overall development of students.
“A child who receives quality education during this period will have a strong foundation to continue their education from Class 6-12. Thus, it is crucial for teachers to possess innovative pedagogical skills and for principals to exhibit effective management abilities,” she said.
“Just as teachers and principals in Delhi government schools were trained and revolutionised education in their schools, we are now extending the same training to MCD school teachers and principals,” she said.
“We begin with training at IIMs, and shortly, we envision sending them abroad as well,” she said, adding that the aim was to replicate the success achieved in Delhi government schools and elevate MCD schools to world-class status.