Despite a substantial increase in the education budget over the past six years,the BMC has failed to reduce dropout rates,according to a white paper on the Status of municipal education in Mumbai released by Praja Foundation Thursday. The dropout rate has gone up from six (out of 100 students) in 2008-09 to nine in 2012-13,the paper claimed.
It says while inspection reports of teachers by the BMC from three wards (D ward,M-East ward P-South ward) show that in several categories,over 90 per cent teachers are using the best teaching techniques and methodologies and that the schools are complying with infrastructural norms under the Right to Education Act,the results are not reflected in the dropout rate and SSC pass percentage.
As compared to private school students,municipal school students have performed poorly in SSC exams,with BMC schools faring badly by an average gap of 20 per cent. While the pass percentage in private schools in Class X was 80 per cent in March 2013,civic schools registered 60 per cent. Evaluation of the three wards show that while dropout rate was 14 (per 100) for D-ward,nine for M-East and 12 for P-South,the pass percentage was 63 per cent,38 per cent and 58 per cent respectively.
The dropout rates are high only in vernacular schools. The admission rate in our English medium schools has risen by 31 per cent. This year,we set up 117 new English medium schools and are planning to set up 60 more such schools by the next academic year, said Manoj Kotak,chairman of BMCs education committee.
Again,2012-13 data shows that in Class IV,only 0.4 per cent BMC school students could get scholarships,as against 9.2 per cent for private schools.
The problem is the high level of mismanagement in BMC schools, said Nitai Mehta,founder trustee of Praja.
Also,51 per cent students in BMC schools attend private tuitions or coaching classes,as against 80 per cent from private schools. Details of the source of tuitions show that 14 per cent students in BMC schools take tuitions from their own school class teachers,64 per cent through private tuitions and 20 per cent from coaching classes.
72% of corporators didnt have a single query on education
Around 72 per cent or 164 out of 227 councillors have not asked a single question on education in the 569 committee meetings held between April 2012 to March 2013. While 23 councillors have asked two or three questions,five asked over four questions. Overall,only 134 questions have been asked on issues related to education. Most of the questions asked were regarding schemes and policies in education (38),followed by infrastructure issues (30). While 793 questions were asked by MLAs on educational issues in the last two years (monsoon 2010 to budget 2012),this year (which includes monsoon 2012,winter 2012 and budget 2013),the number has come down to 521.