DOE, city schools will need to work together to close learning gap among children: Sisodia

The DOE and city schools will need to work together to close the learning gap among children, Sisodia said (Representative image)

Sisodia made the comments while chairing an important meeting with the Commissioner of Municipal Corporations of North, South and East Delhi as well as the Secretary of New Delhi City Council (NDMC).

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The Directorate of Education and municipal schools in Delhi will have to work together to bridge the learning gap among children that has widened due to the prolonged closure of schools due to COVID-19, the deputy said on Wednesday. – Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia made the comments while chairing an important meeting with the Commissioner of Municipal Corporations of North, South and East Delhi as well as the Secretary of New Delhi City Council (NDMC).

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures, a huge gap in children’s learning has emerged over the past two years. After schools fully reopened in the new term, it has become very important to take all necessary steps to close this gap. “The Department of Education and municipal schools will need to work together to address this learning deficit in children,” Sisodia said.

During his discussion with the City Commissioners, Sisodia said that the implementation of the Delhi government’s “Mission Buniyaad” should be undertaken in mission mode. The Delhi government announced in February 2018 the launch of “Mission Buniyaad” to improve the learning skills of children studying in government and municipal schools. As part of the program which will run from April to June for grades 3 to 5 in MCD and grades 6 to 8 in public schools, children will undergo a reading level assessment on the basis of which they will be enrolled in specialized “Mission Buniyaad” classes. Sisodia also suggested that all city commissioners meet with the principals of their schools and review the readiness for the implementation of the program.

Regarding the planned admission from MCD feeder schools to DoE schools every year, the Deputy Chief Minister said that it has often been noticed that students accept admissions in other schools or leave Delhi and return to their country of origin. “Their name is present in the MCD feeder school database and their school leaving certificate is also issued by many feeder schools upon admission. “For this reason, there is a difference between the total number of enrollments and the actual number of admissions under planned admission. This error should be removed by MCD feeder schools in time to make optimal use of resources,” he said.

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