Govt school high in CBSE top 100

Not many government schools in the country can boast of placing more than 100 students in CBSE's top 0.1 per cent. The Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV), Dwarka, has achieved this feat in the last seven years, with two state toppers and at least 83 students with a perfect cumulative grade point average 10.

The school features at number 18 among CBSE's top 100 schools in Delhi-NCR with a Quality Index of 421. The Quality Index is a representation of the average score of students in a school, out of 500. In fact, RPVV scores above many of capital's more popular schools on this scale, including Delhi Public School-Mathura Road (416), Springdales School- Pusa Road (416), Modern School-Barakhamba Road (412) and St Columba's School (395), among others.

All the four government schools in the list of 100 CBSE schools are RPVVs, with a Quality Index above 390. The next RPVV in the list ranks at 79.

The RPVVs were commissioned by the Delhi government in 1997 "as pace setting government schools". A Cabinet note was moved in March 1997 with an aim to provide additional training to the best students of government school and put them through an intensive study module and counselling.

At present, there are 17 RPVVs in the capital and five new ones were approved this year as part of government's plan to add 100 new schools to the city. These are expected to come up in Mahipalpur; Khichripur; Rohini; Lal Kuan, Harkesh Nagar, Tehkhand Village; Mandawli Fazilpur, IP Extension.

One of the reasons behind RPVVs' outstanding performance is the fact that only the brightest students and the best teachers are admitted into the schools. "There are three entry levels for RPVVs Class VI, IX and XI depending on vacancies. However, "to ensure quality we restrict intake capacity to only 35 students per class," Deputy Director of Education (West zone) R S Yadav said.

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