Only two ap­ply for night school, NMMC starts en­rol­ment drive

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUMBAI: The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of the Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has got only two ap­pli­ca­tions for its night school, which is start­ing from this aca­demic year.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (ed­u­ca­tion in charge) Am­r­ish Pat­nigere had a meet­ing with the depart­ment of­fi­cials and de­cided to con­duct a door-to-door sur­vey and cam­paign­ing to en­roll more stu­dents in the night school.

The aim to start the night school was to give an op­por­tu­nity to in­di­vid­u­als who have stud­ied at least up to Class 8.

“We have re­ceived very poor re­sponse than what we had ex­pected. Nev­er­the­less, we will still try to spread the mes­sage through door-to-door cam­paign­ing in lower-in­come group so that many chil­dren can com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion which they had to stop due to var­i­ous rea­sons,” said Pat­nigere.

The last day to sub­mit to ap­pli­ca­tion was June 30 but of­fi­cials said it would be ex­tended un­til the end of July.

Of­fi­cials said that ini­tially the classes will be held for three hours from 6pm. De­pend­ing on the re­sponse, the du­ra­tion will change.

In a sur­vey of out-of-school chil­dren con­ducted last year, it was found that 1,097 chil­dren do not have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. Of this, 460 chil­dren were dropouts and rest have never been to school.

Of­fi­cials said the night school will help dropouts com­plete ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

The ad­mis­sion process for Class 9 started in March and ap­pli­ca­tion can be availed from all sec­ondary mu­nic­i­pal schools.

“Those in­ter­ested can regis­ter their names with ei­ther of these schools. The ap­pli­ca­tion forms have to be sub­mit­ted to the head­mas­ters,” he added.

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