In 2015, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) promised to set up 500 new schools in the city but only 63 new schools have been built between February 2015 and May 2022. The information was given by the Education department of the Delhi government in response to a Right To Information (RTI) inquiry.
According to the information received, information about 838 higher secondary schools have information available and out of these schools, only 279 teach science subjects and 674 schools teach commerce. This means that around 19 per cent of schools don’t teach commerce and around 66 per cent of the schools don’t teach science. Per the response to the RTI inquiry, the situation is worse in the central district of Delhi. Only ten of the 31 higher secondary schools teach commerce and only four teach science.
Professor Lavanya Sivapurapu of the K L Deemed-to-be-University said, “Science is essential for research and innovation. There is a great need for engineers and the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that India is unprepared to deal with emergency medical situations.”