In an attempt to provide vocational training to municipal school students in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is mulling over creating a 6-month training programme for students studying in Class VIII to Class X.
According to a draft proposal, the students will be trained with technical skills including masonry, plumbing and electrical works from reputed companies like Godrej.
Dr Priyatama Sawant, a Congress corporator from the H/E ward (includes Bandra) who mooted the idea said, “Most of the students studying in municipal schools come from lower classes. They are either not able to cope up with students from other schools or are forced to take up jobs early in life. This training will help them to get jobs at a later stage.”
According to Sawant, students will be given a stipend for six months by Godrej.
The training will also help students who have failed in their Class X examinations. “Students tend to look down upon these courses but their experience will be different when they get professional training for these technical jobs, which are also the need of the day,” Sawant said.
Apart from training the students in various skills, the company also holds regular seminars.
“A few students from my ward are going to try the course soon,” Sawant added.
The draft proposal will be discussed at the education committee meeting at BMC headquarters on Tuesday.
A senior civic official from the education department confirmed that the BMC will look into the suggestion and implement it after receiving all the required permissions from the various departments of the civic body.
According to officials, there are more than 4.25 lakh students studying across the municipal schools in the city.
As per a 2014 Praja report, drop-out rates in municipal schools have gone up by 12 per cent in the last four years, while attendance has come down by 11 per cent.