Pimpri: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to close down 20 primary municipal schools from Monday onwards. The civic body has taken the decision, as these schools have inadequate number of students. With this decision in place, the civic body is planning to merge 39 schools into 19 schools. It means there will be 20 schools less in the city from Monday.
A decade ago, there were 50,000 students in PCMC schools. Now, this number has dropped to 35,000. Last year, too, the civic body had merged nine schools. This decline is taking place despite crores being spent on running these schools. In addition to this, the civic body has failed to attract new students. In fact, there is a constant decline in number of students coming to PCMC schools.
The order issued by the school board administration on August 31 states that it has been observed that some municipal schools have inadequate number of students. Therefore, this decision was taken in order to adjust the excess number of teachers in schools facing teachers' crunch.
Currently, the PCMC has 128 primary schools, and after the merger, this number will be 108. Despite the civic body providing books, notebooks, uniforms, shoes and schools bags to students, civic schools have failed to gain popularity. Moreover, due to implementation of Right to Education Act, more parents prefer to send their children to private schools.