Staff Reporter

‘Enrolment in Government schools up, dropout rate down’

‘Delhi Govt. has put the Capital on world map as a health, education and tourism destination’

‘Efforts to take the educational infrastructure to the doorstep of the people’

NEW DELHI: Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has declared that with enrolment in Delhi Government schools going up by 50 per cent and the dropout rate coming down, more new schools would be opened all over the city to take the educational infrastructure to the doorstep of the people, in particular the poor.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone of a new school building at Buland Masjid in the Shastri Park area of East Delhi, the Minister said the Delhi Government had put the Capital on the world map as a health, education and tourism destination.

The Minister said better infrastructural facilities had prompted students to work hard and students of Delhi Government schools had posted a pass percentage of 90 per cent this year, while on the other hand the dropout rate had come down to 5.4 per cent.

He said all-encompassing development of Delhi would be possible only when each and every child in the city goes to school.

Mr. Lovely said the Delhi Government had also succeeded in changing the mind-set that government schools were inferior to other schools. “This is quite evident from the recent results of Class X and XII. Now many government schools of Delhi rank among the top schools in the country and are much sought after,” he added.

Noting that the enrolment in Government schools had also gone up by 50 per cent, the Minister said this was primarily because the Directorate of Education had been able to provide therein all sorts of facilities needed for imparting meaningful education.

The opening up of the new school at Buland Masjid, he said, would mark a new dawn in the lives of people living in the area. “The local children would not have to go to far-off places to study,” he said.

The school is being built at a cost of Rs.1 crore and would be ready by March 2009, he announced. Having classes from I to XII, it would benefit children of nearby areas by reducing their time of travel and providing them exposure to all the three streams of Science, Commerce and Humanities.

The Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Sandeep Dikshit, said the Delhi Government had till now been successful in providing all-round educational facilities to the people by opening new schools.

At another function during the day at Brahmpuri in East Delhi, the Education Minister inaugurated the new school building of Gandhi Harijan School.