Eyeing the municipal elections, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) school board has come out with a four-page booklet lauding its efforts in the last five years. The school board in the booklet listed nine of its accomplishments related to cultural activities, sports equipment, learning material on walls, English-medium schools, smart classrooms, closed circuit television cameras.
As many as 25,000 copies of the booklet will be distributed among 467 schools and each school management committee (SMC). The 11-member committee, including parents, community leaders, educationists and school staff, are entrusted with the task of spreading the message of the booklets, with special focus on slum areas.
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While, the AMC school board authorities claimed that the step is aimed at achieving the objective of “literate Ahmedabad”, it did not rule out the motive of increasing enrollment in municipal schools.
“The booklet highlights the school board achievements in last five years which it believes should be known to the city residents. The aim is to make Ahmedabad 100 per cent literate and achieve maximum enrollment in municipal schools,” said school board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.
When asked about the timing of these booklets, Bhavsar claimed it had nothing to do with the municipal elections.
“It is purely education-related and there is no political motive to this. Since five year term is about to be completed soon, it was decided to come up with the achievements over that time,” he added. However, of the most of the achievements listed are the works completed in the last two years.
Among them are English-medium schools initiated by the school board two years ago, other areas covered are 16,000 benches for students, students participating in the Scout Jamboree in Japan for the first-time, 44 schools and classrooms, the smart learning project recently launched by CM Anandiben Patel, CCTVs and colourful learning material in the form of embossed tiles on walls displaying alphabets, numbers, fruits and birds for kindergarten classes.
Questioning the achievements of the school board, the Opposition argued though the budget allocation was raised to Rs 600 crore, the number of enrollments in the civic schools have come down.