Pune: The health check-up of children studying in PMC-run schools has not been done for the past two years. The civic administration has been asked to prepare health cards of these students. Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende revealed this on Friday, in a press conference.
There are around 90,000 students studying in PMC schools. Their health check-up is conducted at the beginning of the academic year. However, neither the school board nor the civic administration has held any medical check-up camp for the past two years for these students, mostly hailing from economically weaker sections of society.
Addressing the media after a meeting with the civic and education board officers in the PMC, Dr Dhende said the civic administration claims that around 99,000 students are studying in the PMC-run schools. However, only 89,000 students are studying from standard I to X.
In order to confirm the exact number of students in these schools, Dr Dhende asked education board officials to introduce the biometric attendance system for the students.
The PMC runs 53 English medium primary and three English medium secondary schools. So, after completing the primary education, most of the students have to seek admissions in private English medium schools. Dr Dhende asked the administration whether more English medium secondary schools can be started.
He said in order to improve the quality of education in the PMC-run schools, he would write a letter to Education Minister Vinod Tawde to set up an education committee or education board for the purpose.