At least one third of the city schools scored below average to poor grades in the annual assessment for this academic year.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education carried out the online assessment, which has been made mandatory from 2009.
Out of 3,228 schools in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region only 389 managed to get an ‘A’ grade.
This means only 389 schools have scored well on the requisite parameters such as infrastructure, qualification of teachers, co-curricular and extra curricular activities and examination results. A big chunk of 1,370 schools got a ‘B’ grade.
Around 1,059 schools got ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘E’ grades – ranging from average to poor--losing out mainly because of poor infrastructure and lack of extra curricular activities.
Education Minister, Balasaheb Thorat, said this in the state Assembly on Monday. He was replying to a question by the Opposition about poor quality of education in a metro aspiring to be a world-class city.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena legislators, including Nitin Sardesai, said only 13 per cent of city schools seemed fit to ensure the overall development of students.
The headmaster does the grading of the school with the help of a tool prepared by the board. The school education department can only check these records during annual inspections but there is no autonomous verification.
“The process will help them [schools] improve on parameters that they are weak in,” said Thorat. “Mumbai schools fared poorly because of lack of good infrastructure such as playgrounds.’’
The minister said the education department’s focus will be on pushing schools that got poor grades to a higher level through more monitoring and random inspections.