Mumbai: There were just 101 proposals that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received for its annual Mayor awards for model teachers.

The civic body was expecting 189 proposals. Mayor Snehal Ambekar said that the civic body received fewer proposals as teachers did not manage to fulfill eligibility criteria for the award. The awards which were started in 1971, to be given on Teachers Day on September 5, require that teachers give 10 years of service, make efforts to prevent dropouts and increase enrolment in their school.

Doing outstanding work form a part of requirements. While judging teachers from private schools it is taken into consideration as to what work they have done for children of civic body-run schools. Teachers also need to have served children in backward regions. While BMC expected 49 proposals from BMC’s Marathi-medium schools, it got only 22 proposals.

From Kannada medium schools while it expected seven proposals, only one proposal came. In only one category the number of proposals exceeded expectations – in the case of private-aided primary schools. The BMC received 15 proposals instead of the expected 14.

These awards are given to 50 primary and secondary teachers of the civic body’s schools as well as to those of private aided and unaided schools. Last year though, the awards were given to 52 teachers, this year it was reduced to 50.

In the awardees list that was announced on Tuesday though, most awardees were women – 33 women teachers will be presented the Mayor’s teacher’s awards as against 17 male teachers.

The award, which comprises a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a gold-plated memento will be presented on September 22 this year instead of September 5 as it happens to be the Ganesh Chaturthi.

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