Thane Municipal Corporation ties up with NGOs to set up 5 secondary schools
Mumbai city news: Recently, the BMC decided to privatise 35 vernacular medium schools and change them into English medium schools to improve the quality of education. While the BMC plans not to charge the students, the Thane civic body will ask for 50% of the fees.mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2017 00:16 IST
After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Thane Municipal Corporation is also planning to set up five secondary schools through NGOs or private institutions. But unlike BMC, the corporation claimed that the schools will have vernacular medium and not English medium. The civic body that had received flak for charging fees, for its English medium school, has again planned to charge 50% of the fees from students who will see admission in these five secondary schools.
Recently, the BMC decided to privatise 35 vernacular medium schools and change them into English medium schools to improve the quality of education. While the BMC plans not to charge the students, the Thane civic body will ask for 50% of the fees. “Unlike the BMC, we are insisting that the NGOs or the private institutes who adopt these schools should let them have vernacular medium and not English medium. Only one of the five schools will be changed to English medium. There is a need of secondary schools in areas like Diva, Kausa, Kalwa and Kisannagar. The new secondary schools operated by private agencies will be set up at Kausa, Diva, Kalwa, Naupada and Kisannagar,” said Manish Joshi, education officer, TMC.
The private agency will be responsible for maintenance, infrastructure and staff salaries of the school. The corporation will do an yearly audit to keep a check on the agency. The secondary school in Diva and Naupada will be in Marathi, the one at Kausa will be in Urdu, while the school at Kalwa will be both Marathi and Urdu medium. The school at Kisannagar will be English medium.
The education committee of TMC recently received flak for collecting fees from students of English medium schools even though they are entitled to free education under the RTI Act. The civic body claims that providing primary education is its compulsory obligation but secondary education is a discretionary function.
Joshi added, “We do have around 16 secondary schools but we do not get teachers for them and the schools lack infrastructure facilities. Providing secondary education is a discretionary function of the civic body for which we do not get help from the government. There are many students who pass class 8 and have to go to private schools for secondary education. So we have decided to set up more of civic secondary schools. The private operators will provide good infrastructure and staff for students. They will also have to pay just half the fee they had to pay in private schools.”
He added that this will also decrease the number of school dropouts making it a win-win situation for the TMC and the students.
No. of TMC school buildings: 80
Pre-primary schools: 60
TMC primary schools: 127
Secondary schools: 16
Total no. of students: 36,000
No. of students in secondary schools: 3,500