Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who has the state government’s education department on his watch, speaks about the AAP effect in the sector. Excerpts from an interview with Salik Ahmad:
There is much buzz about the AAP education model. What are the three foremost reforms?
This is not the first time work is being done in the education sector in the country. Many good schools and colleges had been established before we came on the scene, but they serve only 5 per cent of the population. Quality of education is substandard for the rest. We have tried to ensure that all students get a basic minimum level of education. Our major interventions have been in infrastructure and teacher’s training, besides introducing the ‘happiness curriculum’.
You have introduced grouping of students according to learning abilities. What about the self-esteem of those categorised as ‘weak’?
Those who are questioning this have no classroom experience....