In a first, the civic body has decided to provide ‘tab’ facility to Class VIII students of BMC schools. A budgetary provision of Rs 29.22 crore has been made for the same. The move was taken in order to improve the quality of education as well as to reduce the burden of school bags. In a similar move, the BMC will establish 200 new computer libraries in various municipal school buildings in the 2015-16 academic year for which a provision of Rs 17 crore has been made.
In an attempt to give a fillip to its existing “attendance allowance scheme” for girl students and in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘beti padhao’ campaign, the civic body has made a budgetary provision of Rs 5.9 crore for primary schools and Rs 42 lakh for secondary schools under this scheme. According to BMC’s education budget for 2015-16, girl students will be given Rs 500 to Rs 2,500 in the form of fixed deposit certificates, depending on their year of admission.
The BMC has been implementing the attendance allowance scheme and since 2012-13, this allowance was being paid to girl students in the form of fixed deposit certificates.
Students whose schools fall beyond the prescribed limit of 3 km under the Right to Education Act will be provided with bus fare by the local body. A provision of Rs 1.34 crore for primary schools and Rs 8.70 lakh for secondary schools has been made.
This year, for the first time in a decade, the revenue income as well as the expenditure of budget has shown a significant decrease. The revenue income and the expenditure of budget estimates for the 2015-16 fiscal is Rs 2143.75 crore. This has shown a sizeable decrease by Rs 169.21 crore as compared to the 2014-15 fiscal.
At present, the BMC provides free primary education to 3,43,876 students through 10,990 teachers in 1,107 primary schools in eight different medium schools.
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