10 reasons why this Delhi government school topped India School Rankings

Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV) in Dwarka, which topped the India School Rankings 2019 for government day schools in the country, is not only focusing on its students' development but also putting a spotlight on its teachers with Teacher Innovation Programme.

The Delhi government-run Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV), Sector 10, Dwarka, is giving elite schools in the capital a challenge changing the stereotypical perception of government schooling experience. The school, which has topped in the India School Ranking 2019 for government day schools in the country, is not only focusing on its students' development but also putting a spotlight on its teachers with Teacher Innovation Programme.

The Dwarka branch of RPVV is showing the success of the Delhi government's initiatives in the educational sphere.

The entryway walls of the school are covered with colourful charts which talks about every aspect from climate change and 'Social Networking' to 'Happiness Goals'. The vibrant notice board reflects the poetry skills of its students.

Walking through the school's clean corridor, one can also notice a 'Seed Collection Box' there in the wall. The box reminds students to put the fruit seeds, they bring in their tiffin, without wasting a possibility of bringing a greener future.

Success doesn't come easily, agreed Principal RP Singh. Here, the principal of the country's top government school revealed to India Today 10 reasons behind their success:

1. Maintaining cleanliness

"We are a dustbin-free school," said Principal RP Singh. "The reason behind it is that we have a continuous sensitisation programme for our students. We also have withdrawn dustbins from our classrooms. We do it very intentionally to bring success for 'Swachhata Abhiyan'."

2. Distributing sanitary pads

The co-ed school has been trying to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene among girl students by holding interactive sessions and distributing sanitary napkins as well.

Under the Kishori Yojana, the school staffs distribute free sanitary napkins providing the importance of personal hygiene. The school has installed a sanitary pad burning machine in the girl's toilet.

"We educate our girls for menstrual hygiene," Principal RP Singh said. "We also have installed instant sanitary pad burning machine there in the school. The box, in the incinerator, burns the used sanitary pads to ashes after the school hours."

3. Solving students' problems

"It may happen that a student is not getting the results according to their expectations and gets disappointed," said Principal RP Singh.

"To solve this problem, we have a special education teacher with us and she does a one-to-one mapping with every student. If a student is facing any kind of problem, first, we try to solve it at the level of their class teacher," he said.

"We do have a group of 3 to 4 teachers who are specialised in different categories to support a child. We have a good monitoring system in our school to deal with all these issues. In happiness classes especially, we try to educate our students with moral educations where we teach our students how to behave and how to show the gratitude," the principal said.

"Moreover, parents' support is also important," he added.

4. 'No detention policy'

"The outcome, we faced in 'no-detention policy', found a lot of students in Class 9 were not able to read and write properly. The government-introduced scheme 'Chunauti' categorised the students based on their skills and helped those students who had a lack in their basics," said Principal RP Singh.

"It was a big task for us to design and implement it," he said. "Convincing a student as well as their parents to put the student into a particular category was also a huge challenge for us. But, I am happy that we did it successfully."

5. Teacher-Parent coordination

"Earlier, it was a big problem for us as less number of parents used to visit the school. So, we have now started doing parents and teachers meeting in a celebrating manner," said the principal.

He also said, "The parents' representatives, who have joined the School Management Committee (SMC), are playing a very effective role. They come, open up about the problems, and accordingly, our teachers try to provide a solution for it."
He also shared his last time experience where Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, helped their students to get visas at the last moment for participating in the International Olympiad of Metropolises, Moscow.

"Every time we visit him [Manish Sisodia] with any of our plans, he says money should not be an issue for education. So, I feel we are working in a welcoming, protected as well as an encouraging environment that gives us immense confidence to grow further," concluded the principal.\

Source-India Today

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