With the changing trend, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is taking several efforts to be on par with private schools. Right from increasing focus on English language to introducing technological resources the civic body has initiated various programmes to compete with the high-end learning and advanced facilities of other schools.
For the first time, around 360 students of Class 1 to 5 of civic-run schools will be trained to prepare for the Mathematics, Science and English Olympiad in 2021. These students will get a chance to compete at various levels starting from Mumbai city, district, state and finally represent India. Snehalata Chavan, Administrative Officer of the BMC, said, “Students of BMC schools do not have a family background where they are encouraged to participate in anything extra apart from their daily curriculum. This initiative will give them exposure, recognition and enhance their reasoning skills.”
Around 12,000 Tabs will be provided to students of Class 9 to encourage learning through advanced technology. The new syllabus of Class 9 will be learnt in an interactive way through these tablets. Shubhada Gudekar, Chairman of the Education Committee of the BMC, said, “Our aim is to provide the best quality facilities to our children so that there is growth and development.”
Soon there will be a House system based on various colour codes in all civic-run schools as per the BMC administration. All the students will be divided into groups based on these colour codes like green house, blue house and so on. Govind Kulkarni, Deputy Education officer of the BMC, said, “Students will get a chance to participate in both academic, sports and cultural competitions as a group through this house system. It will help build a sense of team spirit, unity and coordination among students at an early age.”
The major problem in BMC schools is the dominance of the regional languages and lack of English speaking. Teachers from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and volunteering companies will be hired to teach English in civic-run schools. Gudekar added, “We want to encourage the English language as it will help both students and teachers to succeed in their career.”
International curriculum will be introduced to provide better education opportunities. The syllabus of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) will be added to the Maharashtra Board syllabus of 25 BMC schools in the next academic year.