LG making false allegations against Delhi’s education dept, mocking teachers: Sisodia

NEW DELHI, Jan 21: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia lashed out at Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Saturday, accusing him of making “false allegations” against the education department and “mocking” the teachers working in the national capital.
In a letter to Saxena, Sisodia said the LG’s letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday was written with a political motive and his “false allegations” against the education department were an “insult” to the students and teachers of Delhi.
“The LG wrote the letter with a political motive and said no work has been done in the education department of Delhi. His allegations are an insult to the students and teachers of Delhi. I am requesting the LG not to mock the work of our teachers, who have done wonders in the department,” Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, wrote to Saxena.
In his letter to Kejriwal on Friday, the LG tried to put the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi in the dock by raising several issues related to the city’s education sector.
He said the average attendance in government schools has been falling every year, dropping to 60.65 per cent in 2019-2020 from 70.73 per cent in 2012-2013. He also questioned the AAP dispensation’s claims on students migrating from private schools to government schools.
Responding to the allegation, Sisodia said the schools run by the Delhi government have registered a pass percentage of 99.6 and a large number of students in these schools have got good grades.
“It does not suit a person sitting in the chair of the lieutenant governor to write a letter mentioning false figures,” he said.
The deputy chief minister also alleged that the figures provided by the LG were false and that he “defamed” the entire education system of the national capital with his statement.
“While the LG alleged that the number of students in government schools of Delhi decreased from 16 lakh to 15 lakh, the reality is that the number of students increased to 18 lakh. Our education department has also transformed the infrastructure of the schools. The ‘tent wale schools’ have now turned into ‘talent wale schools’,” Sisodia’s letter to Saxena read.
The deputy chief minister said the AAP government has done all the work in the education department in the last seven years despite the hurdles put up by the Centre and successive LGs.
“For the sake of the future of the children of Delhi, I would like to request you to cooperate in the work of the Delhi government instead of obstructing it. The Constitution has given you the responsibility of maintaining law and order in Delhi. You should allow us to do our work and utilise your time to improve the law and order in the city,” he wrote to Saxena.
Taking to social media, Kejriwal said Delhi’s teachers, students and their parents have together worked hard in the last seven years to reform the city’s education system.
“Instead of insulting the education system, the LG should encourage them,” the chief minister added.
Referring to the LG’s letter to Kejriwal, AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said Saxena’s statement was “derogatory”.
“The LG’s statement was derogatory. He blatantly lied in his letter. He said the number of students in the schools run by the Delhi government reduced after the AAP came to power, but the truth is the number increased from 14.66 lakh in 2015 to 18 lakh in 2022,” he said.
Bharadwaj claimed that even the children of the poor have been excelling in education by studying in the Delhi government schools.
“Even the children of the poor in Delhi have been excelling in studies. The LG has been defaming the work done by our Government. When students go for job interviews, they proudly say that they studied in Delhi Government schools,” he said. (PTI)