Education in Delhi Schools: Rhetoric vs. Reality
A Research Report on the Quality of Education
Delhi Government Schools
By Rakesh Raman
While the local politicians and top bureaucrats in Delhi Government are going gaga over the hyped quality of education in Delhi schools, there is a marked difference between the rhetoric and the reality.
In fact, the quality of school education has been going from bad to worse. But the corrupt government forces are disseminating false propaganda around the education quality just to hide their administrative failures and woo gullible voters.
This report has been prepared by RMN Foundation – a humanitarian organization – which also runs a free education and career counseling centre for deserving children in New Delhi. The report has been prepared after more than 3 years of extensive research which includes door-to-door surveys, interactions with hundreds of Delhi school students, parents, and teachers, and a number of other educational outreach programs.
The author of this research report – Rakesh Raman – runs a free school single-handedly (without any support) to provide modern education to deserving children in a poor colony of Delhi. He has interacted with hundreds of students and parents to understand the current education system in Delhi schools.
Under his NGO RMN Foundation, he is running multiple field campaigns and educational outreach programs with the help of student volunteers who study at RMN Foundation school.
He also has written academic as well as supplementary education books to provide modern education to children. He has developed a “Constructive Education Framework” for school students to help them compete in the modern knowledge-driven world.
Earlier, he was associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert.
The report highlights numerous pitfalls in the current state of 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.
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.
Although the report is focused on Delhi schools, its findings can be applied to all the schools in India.
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.
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