Taking an unprecedented step towards education, the Delhi government has allocated a part of its Rs 65,000 crore budget to develop a new school education board for the state. Since coming to power in 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party-government has been dedicating the largest part of its budget to education, especially schools. This time also, it has devoted 24.33% of the total budget - or Rs 15,815 crore - to the education sector.
Out of this, Rs 62 crore has been earmarked for Delhi to set up a separate State Board of Education and develop a new curriculum for its schools. Almost all schools run by the state governments in other states of the country follow their respective state boards, while the government schools in Delhi follow the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Last year, the state Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia raised the need for a separate board in Delhi only after the CBSE increased an examination fee. He also announced in his budget this time that students from Delhi government schools would be prepared for the 2024 program for the International Student Assessment (PISA) examination. This international examination of the quality of education and student competence takes place once every three years for 15-year-old students in participating countries.
In addition, providing newspapers to students, organizing "parent workshops" for parents of government school students and setting up of five specialization schools in Specialist Stream in Delhi are also included in other state education initiatives.