23 int’l civic schools set to start from June 15

These schools will pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion from Class I to X

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - RON­ALD RO­DRIGUES

Around 23 in­ter­na­tional Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) schools will be started by civic ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment by June 15. These schools will pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion from Class 1 to 10 and will fo­cus on mother tongue lan­guages like Marathi, Hindi or Urdu along with English.

Over 75 prin­ci­pals of var­i­ous civic-run schools were given train­ing by civic ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment on Mon­day. Prin­ci­pals were in­forned about pro­vi­sions in these schools and cur­ricu­lum of the same. Teach­ers will also be given train­ing in the month of May so that they are in tune with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of these schools.

These schools will have pro­vi­sions of syl­labus, cur­ricu­lum, fa­cil­i­ties like lab­o­ra­to­ries, li­braries, class­rooms and in­fras­truc­ture as per in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Prakash Charate, BMC deputy ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, said, "We aim to com­plete all in­fras­truc­ture and fa­cil­ity work by De­cem­ber 2018. Schools will be up­graded to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in terms of aca­demics in­volv­ing cur­ricu­lum and teach­ing and in­fras­truc­ture in terms of class­room and study­ing space."

Stu­dents can take ad­mis­sions and study for free from Class 1 to 10 and fur­ther on these schools will cater till Class 12. "As these schools will con­tinue to func­tion as in­ter­na­tional BMC schools, they will pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion. Our aim is to pro­vide free ed­u­ca­tion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards to chil­dren from eco­nom­i­cally weak sec­tions of so­ci­ety," Charate added.

In ad­di­tion, these schools will fo­cus on mother tongue langue along with other es­sen­tial lan­guages. A se­nior of­fi­cial said, "Lan­guages like Marathi, Hindi and Urdu which is mother tongue of most stu­dents will be given first pref­er­ence. English and other lan­guages will also be taught to stu­dents as they are es­sen­tial lan­guages. Some al­ready ex­ist­ing Marathi medium schools will con­tinue to func­tion as Marathi medium in­ter­na­tional schools."

Prin­ci­pals and teach­ers who are in­ter­ested in in­ter­na­tional schools will be se­lected to work in these schools by the board of civic ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment. A teacher said, "We are keen about this ini­tia­tive as nowa­days stu­dents and par­ents are all in­ter­ested about in­ter­na­tional cur­ricu­lum. In­fras­truc­ture and space are two ma­jor hur­dles in BMC schools and the au­thor­i­ties should im­prove and up­grade that on pri­or­ity ba­sis."

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