Mumbai: Civic education committee wants budget allocation for sports in MCGM schools

Mumbai: Prescribing sports as the medicine for curing the problems of low enrolment and dropouts faced by the municipal schools, an education committee member of the civic body called for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to allocate a separate budget for sports activities in its schools.

Addressing the monthly education committee meeting held on Monday, a member of the education committee, Fayaz Ahmed of Congress party asked, “We have the best infrastructure, then why is it that students don’t come to our schools?”

Ahmed suggested that the civic body appoint coaches from private schools to teach in BMC schools and allocate a 50 crore budget annually for sports activities in its future budgets.

Raising the issue of private schools refusing to give 25 percent of its seats to those from economically and socially backward classes as mandated in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, Shiv Sena’s Sheetal Mhatre, another committee member demanded why the corporation cannot cancel the recognition of such schools.

Prakash Charhate, Deputy Education Officer of the BMC education department expressed the civic body’s inability to remove the recognition of such schools. Defending his stand, he said based on the complaints forwarded by the education department the decisions are taken by the complaint committee of the state government.

Regarding out-of-school children, who have not attended school for one month, BJP’s Shivnath Darade, a committee member demanded that finding these children under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan should be the responsibility of the civic administration and not of the school teachers.

“Are teachers supposed to teach or look for out-of-school children? What are the government officials doing? They should be held responsible,” said Darade.

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