Delhi govt lauches scheme for extra-curricular activities in 54 model schools

NEW DELHI: Delhi government is launching yet another scheme and bringing private parties on board. As a ‘pilot’, the Directorate of Education will run a heavy-duty extra-curricular activities programme in 54 ‘model’ schools in Delhi. As a part of the programme, the DoE “will allow access to the desirous academies/clubs/individual professionals into the schools” and these private parties will be allowed to instruct kids from other schools as well.

A circular from the DoE says, “they will be provided requisite space in the schools for imparting coaching and training to the students of government and other schools.” The first set of activities will include music, dance (classical and contemporary), theatre, fine arts (including craft), creative writing and photography. Crucially, the circular says, “efforts will be made to allot marks to the students on the basis of their performance in the class as well as final show adding to their total score.” Interestingly, the syllabus reduction proposal was made precisely for this reason – to introduce extra-curricular activities – and educationists had already predicted that private groups will be enlisted to deliver these lessons.

For every school, the instructor or organization holding the classes will be paid Rs 2,000 for a two-hour class twice a week. An assistant trainer, if required, will be paid Rs 1,500 per week. The government is willing to consider “package” deals as well. “The desirous academies/clubs/individual professionals will have to provide training to minimum 50…students, per activity of that school,” says the circular.

Most of the details of the deals will be worked out between the organizations or individuals involved and the heads of schools, though they will have to enroll themselves with the government first. “The permission will be accorded upto 29th February 2016, initially,” says the circular. Every organization signing up to teach will have to “submit their performance report on quarterly basis” and will have to organize stage presentations and exhibitions for which separate budget, about Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000, will be allotted.

The cost of running the programme will be borne by the school and the circular suggests that those interested should visit the schools first “to take stock of the actual position of the school premises.” Coaching will be provided during or after school hours.