MCD, which caters to primary education, has a wide network of schools. It has more than 1800 schools where around 9 lacs students are enrolled. Besides primary schools, NDMC runs 6 Middle, 11 Secondary and 6 Senior Secondary Schools in its area at present.
Apart from this, some autonomous bodies and private organizations are also engaged in imparting education at the elementary and secondary level and they are monitored under the provisions of the Delhi School Education Act & Rules. The following table indicates the growth of number of schools of Dte. of Education :-
To improve quality of education, Government had introduced computer education as an elective subject at +2 stage in 268. The remaining schools will be covered in 2005-06.
11 Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas have also been opened where meritorious students from Government Schools are admitted through a competitive examinations. These schools have excellent teachers, good laboratories, libraries and other equipments. During 2004-05, 03 more Pratibha Vikas Vidyalyas have been opened.
Awards are given to students as well as teachers to enthuse competitiveness among them. Scholarship is also paid to meritorious students for better performance.
Special attention is paid to encourage education among weaker sections of society. Free Text Books and uniform are supplied to all students in primary classes. Books and subsidy for uniform is also given to students with lower parental income. To encourage education among girls, free transport and stipend is paid to girls in rural areas, J.J. Clusters and unauthorized colonies.
Besides economic support to students from poor families, welfare schemes are intended to encourage retention and check dropout in schools. Mid-day-Meal and stipend are direct incentives to promote attendance of students in the schools. It shall be our endeavor to see that the benefit of welfare schemes is given only to such students whose attendance in schools up to winter vacation is 75% or more.
Efforts are continuing to involve community to achieve total literacy. Special stress has been laid on the education of the deprived groups such as women, rural people, socially and economically backward students of the society.
Government of India has launched a nationwide programme for universalisation of Elementary Education. The aim of the programme is to ensure proper education for all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years and to enroll all children in normal or special schools. With the passage of 93rd Constitutional Amendment by the Parliament it has become the responsibility of states to provide education to all children in this age group.
Government of Delhi has also decided to implement the scheme of UEE (SSA) from 10th Five Year Plan. Mission Director has been appointed in Directorate of Education. Society has been registered to implement Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The Mission has worked out a plan of action and strategies as to how all children in the age group of 6-14 year are brought into main stream education. Learning centers under SSA are being run through NGO’s. The strategies would include institutional reforms, sustainable financing, institutional capacity building; community based monitoring, priority education to girls, focus of special groups etc. The major area of thrust in 10th Five Year Plan would be proper elementary education for all children in age group of 6 to 14 years. Delhi Govt.'s Bhagidari Scheme, which envisages Govt. & Community partnership in the governance will be used for this programme. Govt. has also decided to constitute Vidyalaya Kalyan Samiti (VKS) for schools, representing local RWAs, PTAs, NGOs, etc. with a view to bringing about academic, administrative and infrastructural improvement in the schools under the Bhagidari Scheme.
To implement all the plan schemes of Dte.of Education under general education sector, a sum of Rs. 206.65 crore are approved for 2004-05 which includes Rs. 102.50 crore for revenue and Rs. 104.15 crore for capital works programme.
The scheme wise details for 2005-2006 are indicated below:-