The East Delhi Municipal Corporation passed a resolution Thursday to help educate parents of students studying in its schools, who cannot read or write. The move is aimed at helping students who come from underprivileged backgrounds as well as their parents cope with the curriculum.
“We get students from varied backgrounds but mostly, children from economically weaker sections enroll in our schools. Not many parents who come from such sections are in a capacity to keep track of their wards’ education. We have, therefore, decided that we will help educate such parents,” said standing committee chairman Jitendra Chaudhary.
The chairman stated that a group of retired MCD teachers visited him and offered to educate such “semi-literate or illiterate parents so that they can contribute in the education of their children”. Of the approximately 385 municipal schools under the east corporation, 200 operate in a single shift. As per civic officials, these schools will be utilised to educate parents after they are done with the days’ work.
“We are getting a format made where students will provide us details of their parents’ education. We will screen this information and call such parents who cannot read or write. Some NGOs will also be helping us out,” said Chaudhary. He added that the move could be implemented in the next two weeks.
Offering an amendment to the current proposal, the chairman has asked the corporation to include the option to operate its schools as coaching institutes in the second shift. “This will involve providing the space and infrastructure of MCD school to a coaching institute on the condition that they train our students as well. This will be mandatory,” said civic officials.