The Delhi government has signed an agreement with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to adopt global practices in the field of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment at 30 schools of Delhi government during the 2021-22 session. DBSE will be affiliated to 10 Sarvodaya schools and 20 Schools of Specialised Excellence.
After announcing the partnership, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal remarked that people used to criticize the Delhi government’s vision for education in the city. They assumed the DBSE was formed only for the sake of it, but via this collaboration, high-quality pedagogy will be instilled in the DBSE schools’ curriculum in collaboration with the IB.
“The world’s most prestigious schools and the countries where the world’s wealthiest children learn aspire to be affiliated with the IB because their pedagogy meets the highest international criteria. The IB has worked with over 5,500 schools in 159 countries throughout the world. They’ve worked with the governments of the United States, Canada, Spain, Japan, and South Korea, among others,” Mr. Kejriwal added.
He said that the Delhi government had invested extensively in the last six years, both in terms of dedication and financial resources, resulting in a complete change of education in public schools. “We were at a crossroads where we needed to enhance what was being taught, how it was being taught, and how our pupils were being prepared for worldwide standards. When it works, it will serve as a magnificent model for the rest of our country, demonstrating that we can deliver the highest quality education to the poorest members of society,” Mr. Kejriwal added.
The IB will become a knowledge partner with a government board as a result of the deal. According to the government, this would result in specialists from other nations coming to train the schools under the DBSE and increase their quality to worldwide levels. Schools will be examined, validated, and accredited under the guidance of the IB, and they will indicate what the school lacks and how it can be improved, according to the government, clearing the way for additional schools to join the DBSE.
The government’s goal, according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the president of the Delhi Board of Secondary Education, is to ensure that Delhi students become global leaders.
The partnership entails that IB development workshops provide opportunities for school leaders and educators to engage in rich learning experiences, and serve as a tool to help schools meet professional requirements of the highest quality, according to Stefanie Leong, Head of Development and Recognition, Asia-Pacific, IB, who is based in Singapore. “The IB programme is designed to develop intelligent and caring young people who are committed to making the world a better place,” she explained.