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‘Open to any tech that will help BMC school students’

Mirza Baig, education officer, BMC speaks to HT about how technological advances will be used to improve quality of education in civic schools.

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2012 00:54 IST
Mugdha Variyar

Mirza Baig, education officer, BMC speaks to HT about how technological advances will be used to improve quality of education in civic schools.

How did the idea of bringing a technological change in BMC schools come about?
Students in BMC schools can gain from any kind of technology. While we have received ideas for several software and programmes before, the virtual classroom seemed to be effective in reaching out to hundreds of students at once and in helping them learn from experts. We decided to implement it for Class 10 students as it could help them for their board exam.

Has it been effective?
The virtual classroom programme has proved to be very effective as students from each of the 80 schools performed well in the Secondary School Certificate exam this year. Both teachers and students have given a good response to this technology. The programme has been successful under the guidance of the BMC commissioner.

How do you plan to take the use of technology in civic schools further? Do you think more students opt for civic schools despite the Right to Education Act giving them access to private schools?
We plan to take the virtual classrooms to more BMC schools. We want to see 100% pass results in all schools. We are also open to any new technology that will help students from civic schools be on par with the rest. More students will now prefer civic schools owing to the technology used.