School Excellence Programme makes little headway,BMC to discontinue project

After the failure of School Excellence Programme (SEP) in partnership with foreign NGOs,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to discontinue the project and regain control of the schools where it was being implemented

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 29, 2013 2:46 am

After the failure of School Excellence Programme (SEP) in partnership with foreign NGOs,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to discontinue the project and regain control of the schools where it was being implemented.

Started in 2011,the initial plan was to cover 1,327 civic schools. The project,however,has so far been implemented in 148 Marathi and Urdu medium schools of the civic body.

“The programme has failed when it comes to the proper implementation of study methods and techniques. For the sustenance of an ideal project,it needs to be implemented on a long-term basis,” said BMC’s education committee chairman and BJP corporator,Manoj Kotak.

An important part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) included formation of the Steering Committee which would oversee the implementation and co-ordination between these NGOs and the BMC. “So far,the BMC and project heads have failed to form the crucial committee that would help analyse the success of the project,” said Kotak.

The UNICEF-funded programme was started to tackle deteriorating quality of education and alarming drop in attendance.

The project,which included participation from organisations such as McKinsey & Co and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation,was expected to have music and fun-based activities as part of teaching techniques. Other areas covered under the programme were teacher and headmaster training,identifying a proper activity-based methodology (pedagogy),reducing administrative and paper work for teachers and headmasters as well as systemising the NGO participation at the municipal school level.

Although the programme has been satisfactory in terms of helping students who lag behind in studies,the overall implementation was poor and slow,said another member of the education committee. “The BMC will now adopt the successful techniques from the method and use its own resources and funds to take forward the project,” said Kotak.

The civic administration will gradually implement the new qualitative learning techniques in civic schools and run the programme till April 2015.

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