The AAP leader claimed that the party hosted officials from Kerala at a government school in New Delhi. "They were keen to understand and implement our education model in their state," she wrote, sharing some photographs as well.
"This is @ArvindKejriwal Govt’s idea of nation building. Development through collaboration," the tweet further read.
'Kerala’s Dept of Education Has Not Sent Anyone': Education Minister
In response to this, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) leader Sivankutty denied the visit, saying, "Kerala’s Dept of Education has not sent anyone to learn about the ‘Delhi Model’.
He further retorted, "At the same time, all assistance was provided to officials who had visited from Delhi to study the ‘Kerala Model’ last month. We would like to know which ‘officials’ were welcomed by the AAP MLA."
Speaking to The Indian Express, the AAP MLA responded to Kerala Education Minister Sivankutty’s remarks stating that his tweet “seems to be politically motivated” and she didn’t mention that the officials were from the Kerala government.
She also posted a tweet mentioning the names and designations of the guests.
“The press release we had issued on Saturday evening very clearly mentions the designations of the guests and all the reporting on the visit clearly says that these are people from CBSE school associations. Even in my tweet, I have not stated that they are from the Kerala government. There is no clarification to be issued,” Atishi told the Indian Express.
'Kerala Officials Impressed by Delhi Schools': AAP
AAP Twitter handle had also shared the news claiming that the officials were extremely impressed by CM Arvind Kejriwal government's 'Happiness classes' which they wanted to implement in Kerala schools.
"Dignitaries from Kerala visit Delhi Govt Schools to witness the education revolution first-hand; say didn’t expect facilities to be THIS GOOD!" the tweet said.
During the officials' visit, AAP's Atishi “explained in detail the various steps and initiatives such as empowering Head of Schools, establishing a framework for Mentor Teachers and enhancing community participation in the upkeep of schools, that have been crucial in turning around the state of government schools in Delhi,” The Indian Express reported, citing a government statement.
“Taking note of the complete range of policy reforms and key decisions that the Delhi government has undertaken in the last seven years, the dignitaries visited classrooms to gather a more comprehensive understanding,” the statement added.
(With inputs from The Indian Express.)