OF THE 227 corporators who together form the elected body of the richest municipal corporation in the country, more than half did not graduate from college.
As many as 157 incumbent corporators are not graduates, of which the majority have only cleared secondary school or Class X. Over the years, the number of corporators without a degree has not changed much, say senior politicians and corporators.
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According to figures released by the Praja Foundation this year, 38 corporators did not clear the SSC or another equivalent of a Class X matriculation exam, with one corporator having studied only as far as Class IV.
There are 56 corporators who have a graduation degree, and 10 with a post-graduation degree. Four others have diplomas in subjects ranging from marine technology and library science to apparel manufacture and design. Project director of Praja Foundation Milind Mhaske said though the country’s literacy rate had increased from 12 per cent — recorded after India gained Independence in 1947 — to its current average of 74 per cent, the transition did not reflect in the educational qualifications of the city’s elected representatives.
“The job of the elected representatives is a serious one and candidates who possess more exposure to different academic streams can contribute better. If the state government makes it mandatory for a peon to have cleared Class X, it is fair to expect that of our elected representatives as well, especially since many of them are likely to have had access to education,” he said.