With an aim to provide English medium teaching to children from poor families and also arrest the slide in number of students in its schools, the Municipal School Board (MSB) of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Tuesday announced to start an English medium school on public private partnership basis from this academic session.
At a press conference, MSB chairman Devang Mankad and Rajkot Mayor Raksha Boliya announced their decision to launch the school in partnership with JHP Education Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up by city-based industry house Galaxy Group. The foundation runs a number of private schools under the banner of The Galaxy Education System (TGES) and SNK.
The MSB and the JHP Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 10 years. As per the MoU, MSB will provide school building and uniform to students. On the other hand, JHP Foundation will be responsible for daily management of the school, including arranging for teachers and non-teaching staff as well as transportation for students. Students will not be charged any fee by the school management.
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The school has been christened Kavi Shri Narmad English Medium School. It will function out of the building of Kavi Narmad Primary School Number 79 in Gayatrinagar area of the city. The chairman said that the school will be run on public private partnership basis.
“We are running 81 schools of Gujarati medium.But we want to provide education to children of poor family in English medium also. The SNK has the expertise in running English medium schools. In order to ensure that the project remains a success, we have decided to run the English medium school on PPP mode and have partnered with SNK,” Mankad said.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Group said their partnership with the RMC was part of their corporate social responsibility. “There is a large number students who do not receive quality education because they come from poor families. We had been thinking for a long how to help these students and make them tax-payers. We have been working with RMC anganwadis for a while and through this project, we want to create a replicable model now. We hope donors will come forward and we shall have more such schools,” Kiran Bhalodia, director of Galaxy Group told The Indian Express.
The academic session of the new school will start from July 1 and the authorities plan to give admission to 100 students in four classes of nursery, lower kindergarten, higher kindergarten and grade-I. “We have not decided any criteria for admission and will accept students on first-come-first-served basis. But if we receive more than 100 applications, we will adopt some selection method,” the MSB chairman said.
With this, RMC will becomes the second civic body in the state to open English medium schools. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had launched two English medium schools last year.
Rashmikant Makwana, who has been appointed administrator of the new school by the JHP Foundation, said they will hire two teachers for each class of 25 students. “Some of the teachers who are teaching at SNK will be teaching at Narmad School also and we shall also recruit new teachers for the new school,” said Makwana.
Mankad said that numbers of student studying in schools run by MSB had been dwindling for past many years and that the English medium school will help them arrest the slide.