In a bid to improve the quality of education provided in its schools, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is studying a proposal to involve private educational institutions in framing its policies for municipal schools. With a high number of parents opting for private institutions, the BMC is experimenting with this idea to make its schools more “aspirational”.
A senior civic official from the BMC said, “We have identified that there are huge issues when it comes to governance and leadership in municipal schools. Since we are now competing with the private institutions, we are considering their involvement in shaping our policies to make our schools more aspirational.”
The civic body is currently in the process of making a list of top schools known for their expertise and arranging a tie-up with them. Municipal schools would either ask for the expertise of these institutions in framing policies or invite them for a lecture in schools, officials confirmed.
Ramesh Pawar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Education), said, “There are some schools that are known for their libraries, some for the physical training they provide and some for the computer labs they have set up. We will invite each school according to its expertise to give a lecture in the municipal schools. We have just initiated the process.”
Educational activists and experts have long pointed out the poor quality of education provided in civic schools. According to a white paper on the “status of municipal education in Mumbai”, released by city-based NGO Praja, the SSC pass percentage in BMC schools stands at 67 per cent as against 83 per cent in other private institutions. Similarly, the paper, which also compared the performance of students from BMC schools as against those from private aided, unaided and unrecognised schools, shows 1.3 per cent students from BMC schools passed the scholarship exams held in Class IV as against 9.4 per cent from other schools.
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