Delhi Govt Ropes in Dalai Lama to Launch School Curriculum

Dalai Lama with Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia. Photo: AAP
Dalai Lama with Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia. Photo: AAP

Since there is no correlation between the education being imparted in Delhi schools and a student’s employability, the joblessness has been spreading like a dreaded disease.

By Rakesh Raman

As Delhi Government is facing a tough challenge to save the decaying education in schools, it has roped in an old monk to market its activities as part of the ongoing razzmatazz.

A Tibetan politico-spiritual leader Dalai Lama has agreed to become part of the marketing campaign of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is aimed to create hype around school education.

“Had the honour of meeting Dalai Lama today. Went to thank him for accepting our invitation to launch the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in Delhi Govt schools,” tweeted Manish Sisodia who is an education minister in the government.

“Shared with him all the work we have done in developing the ‘Happiness Curriculum’, and how we feel this can have a transformative impact on our society,” Sisodia added. The launch event will take place Monday, July 2.

[ Let Us Save the School Education of Delhi ]

According to Sisodia, Dalai Lama feels that teacher training was at the heart of our education system and education needs to have modern knowledge.

School Education Research Report

A new research report highlights numerous pitfalls in the current state of Delhi school education including irrelevant syllabuses, poor content quality of books, defective pedagogical methods, incompetence of teachers, disturbing teacher-student ratios, and overall lack of administration in local schools.

Click here to download the report.

The report observes that the government schools are being run in a totally free-wheeling manner mainly because the school teachers, bureaucrats in education department, politicians in government, and top officers in Delhi administration are clueless about the modern education concepts. They never tried to save the decaying education standards.

The report finds that since there is no correlation between the education being imparted in schools and a student’s employability, the joblessness has been spreading like a dreaded disease. While the government has failed miserably to bring even an iota of positive change in the education system, it is squandering huge public money in the name of education.

Finally, the report offers a number of remedial measures that the government must take to improve the quality of education in Delhi schools in order to save the lives and careers of millions of students.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Photo courtesy: AAP

 

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