With the decrease in the number of students in Marathi schools,the cantonment boards are forced to shift their focus on the introduction of English medium schools.
In the last 10 years,the number has come down from 6,500 to 2,200 in Dehu Road. Our thrust is to open as many English medium schools as possible, said N M Mahajani,spokesman of the Dehu Road Cantonment Board.
The thrust on English medium schools was also part of the recent agenda at the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) meeting. The cantonment board has decided to increase the student strength at one of its English medium schools by introducing Class II.
We have decided to fill the vacancy of the Head Master of the English medium school with the headmaster of a Marathi medium school that closed in 2008 after the decrease in its student roll, said S L Kamble,chairman of the finance committee of the KCB. We run one English medium school with LKG and Class I. We plan to start Class II now, added Kamble.
Mahajani said they have already started Class I in one of the English medium schools and they plan to upgrade the education to higher classes in the English medium to prevent students from opting for private English medium schools.
We have 14 schools and we run education upto Class VII and our thrust on English medium schools is increasing. We are planning to start Class II from next academic session in June. We have surplus staff so we can easily manage.
Vice-president of Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) Manzoor Nazir Shiekh said the cantonment board runs nine schools with three high schools and six primary schools. He said while they run Marathi medium schools,the cantonment board is also concentrating on providing an opportunity to students to learn in English medium schools.
We have already closed a Marathi school and we want to start Class V in the English medium school. The shift is because of the demand from the people.