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ALARMING STATISTICS – THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS DROP OUT OF MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS EACH YEAR – AN EXCLUSIVE NAVI MUMBAI NEWS REPORT

Navi Mumbai is a city of the 21st century and the municipal body is known as one of the richest. But neither of this reflects in the condition of municipal schools and the education they are imparting to children of the poor if statistics is anything to go by. The figures are not good, call for passionate attention and reflect poorly on the state of affairs at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s Education Dept. In the last four years, 30% students drop out of schools till they reach 4th std. and the percentage of drop outs rises to 45% by 7th std. For example, in the year 2003 – 04, there were 3727 students enrolled in std. 1st of municipal schools by 2006-07 1117 students left school. On the other hand in the year 2002-03, there were 3040 students studying in std. 3rd but 1082 left school by the year 2006-07. The numbers worry because the situation prevailing in municipal schools in Navi Mumbai is similar to that in municipal schools in rural areas and that too after spending Crores on education. For the year 2006-07, the money allocated for the education dept. is Rs. 21 Crores only for providing students education necessities. Apart from the Rs. 21 Crores, Rs. 9 Crores have been allocated for schools repairs and maintenance. And the education dept. receives Rs. 2.5 Crores from the Center under the “Education for All” scheme. Despite spending Rs. 33 Crores on education, if the statistics are seen, then the money spent is just looting the state treasury as the elevl of education imparted, the quality and the conditions prevailing in schools are all pathetic and pitiable. Parents and students shared similar emotions, when our Correspondent spoke to them. NMMC Education Officer P R Pawar however says that not having SSC in municipal schools yet is the reason for the rising drop out percentage. A principal of a city municipal school says that poverty is another reason. Whatever, NMMC Education Dept says, the fact that nearly 50% students studying in municipal schools do no complete education, are de-motivated and leave school exposes

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