Education holds the key to economic growth, social transformation,modernization and national integration. The National Policy on Education formulated in 1986 and modified in 1992 aims to provide education of a comparable quality up to a given level to all students irrespective of their caste, creed residence or sex. It aims at promotion of a national, a sense of common citizenship and composite culture and strengthening national integration. It lays stress on the need for a radical transformation of the education system to improve its quality at all stages and gives much greater attention to Science and Technology. All children are proposed to be provided free and compulsory education up to 14 years of age. The Directorate of Education earnestly endeavors to implement the policy.
The educational facilities are provided in stages i.e. pre-primary,primary, middle, secondary, senior secondary and university level.Pre-primary and primary educations are mainly the responsibility of the local bodies. Middle, secondary and senior secondary education is primarily looked after by Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi. Although pre-primary and primary education is mainly the responsibility of the local bodies, the Govt. of Delhi has converted its 326 schools into composite schools now known as Sarvodaya Vidyalayas having classes from I to XII. At the University level, Govt.of Delhi is running 28 Degree Colleges being funded by UGC and Delhi Govt. NDMC, though mainly concerned with primary education, is also running a selected number of middle, secondary, senior secondary schools in its areas at present. Apart from this a number of private organizations are also engaged in imparting education at all levels of schooling. These organizations are given grant-in-aid by Govt. of Delhi to meet the expenditure on education. Besides these, recognized unaided schools are also being run in Delhi by registered trusts and societies.