Pune: Raising doubts about the quality of education at civic body-run schools, a ruling party corporator is pushing a proposal to give Rs 5,000 per Std IX student in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)-run schools. Meanwhile, the Social Development Department too gave a green signal to donate this money to students to bear the fees of coaching classes.
Balasaheb Janrao, former PMC school board member said, “It is wastage of money and it is like questioning the quality of education in corporation-run schools. Corporators are taking the decision for cheap publicity.
“They are not considering its long-term outcome. The decision is for helping private coaching classes and raises doubts about their education system.”
On Saturday, the agenda for the Standing Committee was published. As per this agenda, Social Development Department has given its nod to the proposal of providing money to Std IX students for joining coaching classes.
The final decision will be taken during the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The proposal was tabled by Rani Bhosale, former chairperson of PMC Women and Child Welfare Committee. The Social Welfare Department has given its nod to the move.
Shivaji Daundkar, Administrator of PMC School Board said, “There are 26 PMC-run secondary schools in which 13,000 students are studying. Out of which, 500 students are studying in Std IX.”
A senior official of the PMC Education Department said, “It is wastage of money. The corporation is raising questions on the caliber of their teachers and system.”
Sanjay Ranjan, senior official of PMC Social Development Department said, “We have okayed the proposal. Right now, the Department gives money to ST/ST students for joining coaching classes in Std IX.”
Janrao also suggested, “The PMC runs study rooms. These rooms can be used for students to run extra classes by appointing school teachers. On one hand, the State government has taken the decision to pass all students up to Std VIII and on the other hand, the PMC is providing money to join coaching classes to PMC-run schools. It is strange.”
† 320 schools run by PMC school board
† 1.10 lakh students
† 2,500 teachers
† 1,000 non-teaching staffers.
† PMC spends Rs 35,000 per student
† Total budget of school board is Rs 350 crore.