As the nursery admissions set to begin in the national capital by December end, the Delhi government intends to inject a new flavor to the process. Providing a new direction to the Delhi schools, both private and public, shall be ranked on the parameters of cleanliness, quality of teaching, school infrastructure and safety.
Following the Ofsted school ratings system in the United Kingdom, Atishi Marlena, advisor to the Education Minister, Manish Sisodia said that, “”This kind of rating is being developed to enable parents to make informed choices about schools they would pick for their children. The entire idea is not to rank schools as first or second, but it could be in the form of grades with the intent to help parents.”
The Delhi State Education Council met on Wednesday to discuss the need of such ratings which will be the first in the country on the lines of Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) ranking, done annually in the UK.
How does the ranking work in the UK?
Ofsted rakings are provided on the basis of inspection in schools. The report is then submitted to the Parliament highlighting the efficacies and stating the effectiveness of the school. The schools are then ranked as inadequate, satisfactory, good and outstanding. Those with the outstanding or good rating are barred from inspection for the next 5 years.
How is it expected to work in Delhi?
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) will be the nodal agency for this system. “Since DCPCR has the mandate to look into implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009, it was decided to make them the nodal agency. Government, as a provider of education, cannot be doing so,” said Marlena.
Private schools welcomed the move as they said that if the schools are rated on the same parameters, it could be benefitial to all. “If independent agencies are rating the schools and both government and private schools are being rated on the same aspects, it is a great idea. The idea of the rating should be to understand the quality of education being imparted, the facilities and other aspects,” said S K Bhattacharya, chairman of the Action Committee, an umbrella body of private schools.