Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia stated on Tuesday that the newly constituted Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) will affiliate 30 government schools starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Mr Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, stated that by August 15, the government will open 20 Schools of Specialized Excellence (SoSE).
The decisions were made at DBSE and SoSE's second General Body meeting, which was led by Mr Sisodia. "In the academic year 2021-22, the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) will affiliate 30 Delhi Government schools. This year, we'll open 20 Schools of Specialized Excellence and 10 regular schools. By August 15, 20 Schools of Specialized Excellence (SoSE) will be open across Delhi.
These schools will serve students in grades 9 through 12 who have a particular aptitude or interest in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts, and advanced 21st Century Skills. In the first phase, eight of the 20 SoSEs would specialize in STEM, five in Humanities, and one in high-end 21st Century learning.
In Delhi, there are approximately 1,000 government schools and 1,700 private schools, with virtually all of them connected with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Delhi government formed two committees in July last year to create the blueprint and framework for the formation of the state education board as well as curricular revisions.
He went on to say that the new education board's students will be taught using cutting-edge technology. He had previously stated that all schools in the national capital would not be brought under the new education board at the same time, and that private schools would have a choice.