Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday held a meeting with more than 200 principals from Delhi Government schools to “set objectives and strategy” for the new academic session and asked them to “set minimum standards in their school with regard to school infrastructure, hygiene and school environment”.
“It is the responsibility of school principals to establish their own accountability for their school and to ensure that nothing in the school falls below the minimum standard they have set,” he said.
For this, the government will provide all the necessary facilities and funds to the schools. “Also, schools will be reviewed from time to time by Ministry of Education officials to check school maintenance,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
Sisodia said the principals’ responsibility is to ensure that “no student is left behind.”
Sisodia said, “The Delhi government’s goal is to provide dignified educational places for all children coming to public schools in Delhi, and not caring about the same would be unfair to the children who chose our schools over others.”
The government said the interaction between the deputy principal and principals mostly revolved around the academic priorities of Delhi public schools, the cleanliness and maintenance of classrooms and schools and on developing a positive classroom culture.
Sisodia said the schools were implementing the Mindset curriculum well and the results were clear, but in the new cycle principals will have to take “full responsibility for implementing the curriculum innovatively and correctly.”
“They must ensure that the period allotted for thinking methods is not used on any other subject,” he said.
Speaking of the Business Blasters program, Sisodia told managers that while selecting ideas for the upcoming season, they should focus on “the unique concept of the idea, its usefulness to customers, team strength, passion, excitement and presentation quality.”
“Aside from this, school administrators must also take responsibility for maintaining a positive classroom culture. They must encourage teachers and students to turn the classroom into their field of expression and ideas.
Apart from the 200 Principals, other officials present in the interaction were Director of Education Himanshu Gupta, Principal Adviser to Director of Education Shailendra Sharma, Director of Additional Education Nandini Maharaj, Additional Director of Education Rita Sharma and SCERT Director Rajanesh Kumar Singh.