The newly established Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) has received around 800 applications for admission and is expected to extend the final application deadline, an official said.
Delhi Premier Arvind Kejriwal launched DMVS on Wednesday, claiming it is “India’s first such platform” to admit students from across the country.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) dismissed the AAP leader’s claim, but said the first virtual school was launched by the center in the country as early as 2021.
“We received around 800 applications by Friday after the process started on Wednesday. There is not much gender difference in the applications received so far,” said an official.
“The last application date is September 6th, but it will be extended. Still, there are a lot of people who don’t know, so we don’t want people to miss out on the opportunity to apply,” he said.
The official said the new session is expected to start in October.
To reach students across the country, the government is using social media sites to share information about the school, which will be affiliated with the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE).
“We create awareness for the school through social media. Details about the school will also be shared through teasers on social media,” he added.
Speaking about the basic idea behind the school, he said that now that the internet is more accessible to students, the virtual school will bring them closer to education.
“In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, access to the internet was quite reduced, but now it has increased. We’ve seen it in our school kids, too,” he said.
“In the early days of the pandemic, about 50 to 60 percent of students had internet access, but now it’s 90 to 95 percent,” he added.
Stressing that the government is not trying to project the school as a one-stop solution, he said the virtual school is for those who want to continue their studies.
“Primary schools exist in every village, but access to secondary education is even lower and every village does not have a secondary school, which hinders girls’ education as their parents are reluctant to send them away,” he said.
“We are seeing more dropouts after 9th grade. So that’s going to help those people,” he added.
At the opening, Kejriwal had said that Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) will be for grades 9-12 and students will also be able to take competitive exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) and Central Universities Entrance Test ( CUET) will prepare ).
The application process for the 2022-23 academic session at the school began Wednesday through the official website www.dmvs.ac.in.
Any child between the ages of 13 and 18 who has completed the 8th grade at an accredited school can apply for admission to the 9th grade.
The school does not charge a fee and there will be an integrated attendance tracking system in the online platform used for teaching.
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