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PCMC to convert 30 Marathi medium schools into semi-English medium

PCMC’s education committee conducted a meeting on April 24, of all their members to take a review of the educational sector and also to discuss new proposals

pune Updated: Apr 30, 2019 16:52 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The semi-English medium preschool will start from the upcoming education year. (Image used for representation purpose only)(HT/PHOTO)

Considering the importance of the English language in the day-to-day life of students, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to convert 30 Marathi medium schools into semi-English medium schools from the preschool level.

PCMC’s education committee conducted a meeting on April 24, of all their members to take a review of the educational sector and also to discuss new proposals

Sonali Gavhane, PCMC education committee chairman, informed that the key objective of the committee is to enhance the quality of education which will benefit the overall development of the students. “After we attended a study tour in Delhi in January, 2019, we have decided to revamp our education methodology based on the Delhi model,” said Gavhane.

“The semi-English medium preschool will start from the upcoming education year,” added Gavhane.

Gavhane said, “The civic-run schools are facing issues like student dropouts, as there is a high competition from private schools. So we have decided to introduce a semi-English pattern in 30 schools in the first phase.”

According to civic officers, under the semi-English medium school model, three subjects will be taught to students in the English language (maths, science and English). Other subjects like history, social science and geography will be taught in the Marathi language.

Jyotsna Shinde, PCMC education officer, said, “Now, students are taught maths and science in Marathi language and they are learning some terminologies in the English language like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.”

No takers for Marathi medium schools

PCMC-run schools - 105

Total number of teachers - 1,150

Total number of students - 38,000

PCMC-run semi-English medium schools - 47

PCMC has identified 30 Marathi medium schools to convert into semi-English medium schools

Pattern of teaching: In semi-English medium schools language of instruction for mathematics, and science is English. Other subjects like history, social science and geography are taught in the Marathi language.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 16:52 IST