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Classrooms in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) schools will soon be going “smart” with computers, projectors and e-learning content being put in place ahead of the upcoming academic session.

Of the 51 schools under the NDMC, 30 will get 444 smart classrooms before the July session, NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar said on Thursday. The content will be based on NCERT syllabus and will be available in Hindi and English. For students of the senior secondary wing, there will be digital versions of the last 10 years’ examination papers, interactive material, standard lessons, practice material and question banks.

As part of its ‘Smart City’ plan, the NDMC will be upgrade facilities first for Classes VI to XII, and then for Classes I to V in the next six months. A total of 26,000 students are enrolled in the NDMC’s schools, but the total capacity is 35,000 to 40,000, said NDMC Secretary Chanchal Yadav.

The new facilities are aimed at reducing the dropout rate of students as well as improving standards of learning, so that more students enrol. Apart from classrooms, Mr. Kumar said a new evaluation system for teachers will be in place by July.

“It will be a 360 degrees evaluation system. One of the components will be students’ evaluation of teachers. This will help us improve standards,” said Mr. Kumar.

Ms. Yadav added that students will be given a feedback questionnaire at the end of the academic year. “They can tell us where they could have done better and how things could be changed.”

Keeping the focus on education, the NDMC will be starting a mentoring programme for its school students. Senior citizens will soon be invited, through advertisements and posts on the NDMC website, to become mentors. Each school will have one mentor who will advise students about career choices, academics and skill development, and advise faculty about management and interacting with children.

Source:The Hindu
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