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Delhi government students parade during the 75th Independence Day celebration at Chattarsal Stadium. (PhotoExpress)

Among those who attended the Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium for the first time on Monday were hundreds of students, including those who left private schools during the pandemic, from around 15 to 20 public schools in Delhi.

The Indian Express spoke to these former private school students about what the change meant for them.

Khushboo Verma, a Class 9 student at Sarvodaya Mixed School, Malcha Marg, who was previously enrolled in a private school, said: “Due to financial circumstances, my parents enrolled me in this school during Covid. I was against the move…but my dad said the public schools got better. I wasn’t happy at all, but when I started going to school, my perception of public schools completely changed.

In line with its drive to promote sports, the Delhi government’s education department has instituted a new set of awards to be given to sports and yoga teachers.

Called the State Sports Teachers Awards, these will be presented at a reception next month along with the existing State Teachers Awards. These awards are intended for coaches, physical education teachers and yoga teachers working in the various training centers, complexes and stadiums of the sports branch and in the schools run by the Delhi government and local bodies.

A total of 15 prizes will be awarded – one for the best sports coach or yoga teacher working in a sports branch coaching centre, twelve for the best PE teacher with one from each district, one for the best EPS from MCD, one for Best Yoga Teacher from Directorate of Education and one for Best Physical Education Teacher or Yoga Teacher from NDMC or Delhi Cantonment Board.

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