BMC planning the revival of Civic schools

In a holdover news, the proposal to revive Civic schools by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was cleared on 10th July in a meeting, which consisted group leaders. Now it is being looked forward to the approval of civic improvement committee. The step has been taken in order to elevate the teaching standards, to minimize the graph rate of drop outs, deficient infrastructure, reduced staff, and declining admission ratio in Civic schools.

35 BMC civic schools have been presented in the brand new Full School Management with Private Partner Teacher’s policy (FSMPT). Owing to the fact that these schools have turned non-operational with having poor attendance, these have been offered the FSMPT policy. As per the representatives, every civic school will be shifted to private learning trusts in a particular phase-wise approach to overcome the issue. The private organization will have to go through the audit process of BMC for an annual performance inspection.

Ravi Raja, the leader of Opposition, while opposing the proposal said, “Why doesn’t the BMC have an education policy to revive schools that have been shut? These are municipal schools. The BMC can easily revive them by coming out with innovative solutions. But they do not want to do that. Instead, they want to privatize everything.”

The proposal took place after a heated argumentative debate wherein the opposition members were condemning the selling out of civic schools. Ravi Raja and Congress authority considered this move as the commencement of privatization of civic schools.

Manoj Kotak, the group leader of BJP, required further lucidity on the proposal. He pointed out that former supporters had been excessively exploiting the school properties for their commercial functions.

As per the proposal, a private NGO will be liable to choose any one of the civic schools followed by an approval. The private NGO will be accountable for employment of teaching as well as non-teaching employees and the entire performance of the particular school. According to the FSMPT policy, the private trusts who will be taking over schools will have to manage teachers and finance on their own.

A proficient committee will be choosing a private collaborator to sign a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will be required to show a comprehensive plan including the detailed teaching techniques and their justified ways of producing the funding. The professional committee will have an inclusion of deputy municipal representative, civic education bureaucrat, municipal official, and two education specialists.

In Mumbai, a total number of 1,188 Civic primary schools are there and approximately 4.8 lakh students are registered in the same schools. In an accumulated data, there are 49 civic secondary schools wherein approximately 55,576 students are learning. The total figure of primary teachers is just about 13,911 while 1,754 in the secondary teaching section. Presently, BMC provides a yearly financial plan of 2,600 Cr. INR for the education sector.

By now, two renowned trusts have revealed their keen interest in running the schools. This policy will be helpful to prevent the issue of inferiority complex associated with such schools. Now, BMC has also planned to setup approximately 390 brand new balwadis (pre-school for weaker sector) in Mumbai.

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