Civic body to start two night schools from June

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 t o start t wo night schools from June this year.

Those stu­dents who left their ed­u­ca­tion after class eight be­cause of var­i­ous prob­lems and those who failed at class nine will be el­i­gi­ble to for these night classes. The schools are likely to come up at Turbhe vil­lage and Katkari­pada in Ra­bale. The fi­nal de­ci­sion on the places will be taken soon, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of NMMC had ear­lier an­nounced that the ap­pli­ca­tion forms for these up­com­ing night schools were avail­able at 17 civic schools run by them.

“Our main ob­jec­tive is to help those stu­dents who could not con­tinue with their ed­u­ca­tion be­cause of var­i­ous rea­sons. Many stu­dents have to l eave ed­u­ca­tion as t hey are bound to earn to sup­port their fam­i­lies. Such stu­dents can join to classes and pur­sue their dreams of mak­ing some­thing big. So by open­ing these schools, we are pro­mot­ing the ‘ earn and learn’ prin­ci­ple,” said an of­fi­cial from the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment.

“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. The trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties are not good at ev­ery part of the city. So, we will also have to en­sure that stu­dents don’t have to travel much to at­tend the classes,” he added.

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

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by NMMC last year, there are a to­tal of 1,097 stu­dents who left school be­tween class 1 and 8. How­ever, no such sur­vey has been con­ducted so far to un­der­stand the num­ber of stu­dents who left school be­tween class 9 and 10.

“Of these 1,097 stu­dents, 300 have al­ready been en­rolled to dif­fer­ent schools. This apart, some non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions have also teach­ing many of these chil­dren,” the of­fi­cer said.

Ini­tially, we will run two classes — class 9 and 10 — as a pilot project. Those stu­dents who stud­ied till class 8 can ap­ply for the classes. The trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties are not good in the city. We will have to en­sure that stu­dents don’t have to travel much for classes. AN NMMC OF­FI­CIAL

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