NMMC to open night schools for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren

EDUCATION FOR ALL Pi­lot pro­ject will have Classes 9, 10 and will be held for 3 hours

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan ■ pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: For the first time in the his­tory of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the civic body has de­cided to start a few night schools for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in its ju­ris­dic­tion.

The education depart­ment of the NMMC re­cently an­nounced that the ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the night schools are avail­able in 17 civic schools.

Those stu­dents, who dropped out af­ter Class 8 be­cause of var­i­ous prob­lems, can at­tend the night classes.

“Sev­eral stu­dents from the city, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in the slum ar­eas, leave their education half­way as they have to earn to sup­port their fam­i­lies. There­fore, to pro­vide education to such chil­dren we have de­cided to run a few night schools in our area,” said AR Pat­ni­gire, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (sec­ondary education) of NMMC.

“Ini­tially, we will run two classes — Class 9 and 10 as a pi­lot pro­ject. So those stu­dents who stud­ied till Class 8 can ap­ply for th­ese classes,” he said.

When a s ke d h ow m a ny schools will be opened, Pat­ni­gire said, “We will need at least 30 stu­dents for each class. So de­pend­ing on the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tion forms we re­ceive from the stu­dents, we will de­cide the num­ber of schools.”

Ini­tially, the night schools will be only for boys and classes will be held for three (5.30pm-8.30 pm) hours a day. Most schools will be opened near the slum ar­eas as num­ber of school dropouts are more in such places.

“Turbhe is one of the huge slum ar­eas in our ju­ris­dic­tion. We may start night classes in one of the civic schools in the area. The trans­port fa­cil­i­ties are not good at most places. We will have to en­sure that stu­dents don’t have to travel much to at­tend classes. If ev­ery­thing goes well, the schools will start in 2016-2017 aca­demic year,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing one sur­vey con­ducted by NMMC last year, there are a to­tal of 1,097 stu­dents who left school be­tween classes 1 and 8.

How­ever, no such sur­vey has been con­ducted to un­der­stand the num­ber of stu­dents who left school be­tween class 9 and 10.

“Of th­ese 1,097 stu­dents, 300 have al­ready en­rolled in dif­fer­ent schools. Be­sides, some non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions are also teach­ing many of th­ese chil­dren,” Pat­ni­gire said.

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Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the night schools are avail­able in 17 civic schools.

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