Kejriwal announces pact with International Baccalaureate for Delhi schools

The Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) has entered into an agreement with the International Baccalaureate (IB) that would change the face of education in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.

“Under this agreement, international experts will visit our schools, our teachers will be trained accordingly, a student assessment programme will be planned out and Delhi’s schools will be verified and certified, all as per international standards,” Kejriwal said at a press conference here.

The DBSE signed the MoU with International Baccalaureate on August 12 to implement IB programmes in 30 government schools this year, including 20 of its new Schools of Specialised Excellence (SOSE).

“Currently, we are starting with 30 Delhi government schools. Later, private schools can also get affiliated with the board,” the Chief Minister said.

“Till now, we had seen two kinds of educational systems around us, as per which a child from a poor family would study in a government school and a child from a well-off family will go to a private school. Now, Delhi government’s new agreement with IB will narrow this gap and children from the poorer section of the society will also get quality education, which is important for eliminating poverty in the society.”

The IB is a private international education board with its headquarters in Geneva. It has around 5,500 schools in 169 countries. There are currently 193 IB schools in India, all of which are top-end elite private schools.