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Civic schools take to English medium

Sandip Chowdhury, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, February 27, 2013
First Published: 14:40 IST(27/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:49 IST(27/2/2013)

The Trinamool Congress-controlled Kolkata Municipal Corporation has made a historic decision by announcing that all primary schools under its ambit will be now subscribe to the English medium.

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Going with the demand of the day, the new member, mayorin-council (education) Mitali Banerjee, who recently replaced Shashi Panja, announced her plans to introduce English as the first language in all 271 KMCrun primary schools.

“I have only two and a half years before the next civic elections, and my target is to kick-off Montessori classes in all our primary schools over the duration of my tenure,” Banerjee told

HT in an exclusive interview. In under a month’s time, Banerjee has already introduced the aforesaid classes in 11 of the 271 schools. “I have already appealed to all councillors to come forward with their proposal for English medium schools at their respective wards, preferably in writing,” the new MMiC said.

Some KMC primary schools that have introduced Montessori include 48 Radhanath Choudhury Road KMCP School, 44/1 Hazra Road KMCP School and 11B Brojen Ganguly Lane KMCP School. According to KMC’s education department, students in the newly introduced Montessori classes these 11 schools vary between 30 and 100.

“It is quite an encouraging response. Even the economically weaker classes want to admit their children in English medium schools. To fulfil this dream, we have decided to offer such facilities completely free of cost,” Banerjee told HT.

KMC’s education department is working around the clock to chalk out plans with the state government’s education councils to introduce English in all 271 primary schools and existing Bengali, Hindi, Urdu or Oriya medium schools.

A senior education department official said that students enrolled this academic year would be promoted to upper classes and would continue to learn in English. The new MMiC claimed that demands from councillors for the introduction of Montessori school at their respective wards was increasing every day.

“Next week I will visit Joka I and II to survey the need for English medium schools in this newly inducted area. KMC will acquire the existing primary school at Joka and turn it into an English medium primary school soon,” Banerjee told HT.

Accordingto KMC’s education department records, 271 primary schools have a total of 26,939 students. “Our target is to check drop-out rates too. We will ensure that our students are accommodated in secondary government school,” Banerjee added.


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