Delhi catches up with online education craze and launches first-of-its-kind virtual school


New Delhi: Building on the success of edtech platforms, the Delhi government has now jumped on the bandwagon of luring students into virtual classrooms.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched this “Delhi Model Virtual School” on Wednesday – billed as the “first of its kind”. The virtual institution will operate from a real brick and mortar school – the Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar.

According to Delhi government claims, this is the first time that a public school with accessible fees will provide children with the opportunity to get quality education through the online medium, Delhi government has said.

However, the National Institute of Open Studies, in a press release on Wednesday evening, denied this claim by the state government and said, “On August 14, 2021, the National Institute of Open School (NIOS) was initiated by the Ministry of Education. It is based on the blended learning approach and to date, 2,11,394 students have been certified since the launch of Virtual Open School”

The school is affiliated with New Delhi School Education Council and students from all over the country will be eligible for admission. It also collaborates with the International Baccalaureate Council for the content of its courses.

To begin with, the school admit 200 students and will increase later.

The Aam Aadmi party government has been working on the school for nearly a year, officials said. Inauguration of the school, Kejriwal said“Learning from the virtual classes that have taken place during the pandemic, we are launching a virtual school to integrate neglected children into mainstream education.”

He added, “The school aims to help female students deprived of education, children who have dropped out of school or those who physically cannot attend school.”

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced the virtual school in his budget speech in March 2021. He said it would be for people who wanted to ‘benefit from the Delhi model of education’

Admissions process

Currently, admissions are being accepted for grades nine through twelfth.

According to a circular issued by the Directorate of Education, the admissions process for class 9 would consist of three stages – the first, the filing of the application form online; second, verification of documents; and third, an online review with guidance.

Students between the ages of 13 and 15 with a Class 8 Certificate of Completion from any school in the country are eligible to apply.

Kejriwal said, “These schools will not only provide conventional education in an online format, but will also provide skill-based learning for students who wish to pursue a profession concurrently. This school will also provide preparatory classes for competitions such as CUET, NEET, JEE, etc.

About the school

The platform will not only offer online sessions, but students will also be able to ask and answer questions in special sessions. There will also be guest lectures by professionals and skills building sessions.

The school’s website states that education would be provided by qualified teachers, and even in regional languages.

The school will engage teachers in online teaching methodologies (OTMs), focus on teaching strategies to build community, facilitate meaningful discussions, and provide insightful feedback online.

According to the website, the admission fee for the four-hour morning session and the afternoon session is Rs 1,000. The school still needs Release its pricing structure.

The platform developed by Google and Schoolnet India will issue students with registration credentials which they can use to access online courses, the digital library and recorded lectures.

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