Education committee of BMC withheld approval Friday on a proposal to renew a Rs 6 crore contract for NGOs involved in civic bodys School Excellency Programme.
The programme,started in 2010 in partnership with UNICEF,focuses on improving standards of teaching and learning in municipal schools with Marathi and Urdu as medium of instruction. The proposal sought to extend the programme underway in 148 primary civic schools in city,by another academic year.
According to the civic administration,since the start of the programme three years ago,quality education levels in these schools have collectively risen by over 12 per cent. However,the committee,referring to a 2012 report by NGO Praja Foundation which pegged the student drop-out rate in municipal schools at around 17 per cent,demanded a detailed report of the results.
A 12 per cent rise is not enough to renew the contract. The civic body has not given us a detailed report of how the teaching and learning has been upgraded in these schools. We want to visit these schools to see the results, said education committee chairman Manoj Kotak. If the programme has been such a success as the corporation claims,why hasnt it been expanded. Also what is so special about the programme that it involves such a huge amount of money for only a few schools, Kotak added.