Mumbai: BMC schools are charged fees on applying for new international board of the state

Mumbai: 26 BMC schools are being charged fees on their application for the new Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB). The state education department will nominate few schools out of these, as it plans to start MIEB in a total of 100 schools of Maharashtra in this academic year. BMC schools are being charged various fees like Rs 25,000 for teachers, 20,000 as administration and 10,000 as registration charges for application.

Mahesh Palkar, BMC Education Officer, told The Free Press Journal, “We have asked the state education department whether these charges will be reimbursed. Students will get a chance to study for free once the board is started but what about these expenses?” On the other hand, “The number of civic schools should be higher,” claimed members of the civic education committee. As MIEB will have an international curriculum with its focus on regional and English language, members stated it will benefit students of civic-run schools.

Sainath Durge, a member of education committee, said, “We are clueless about the curriculum or syllabus of MIEB but if it is beneficial for students then we should have more number of schools. But if the syllabus is not helpful then we should consider opting for any other international board.”

These 26 schools have been selected based on quality, standard and willingness of principal and teachers to upgrade to the international board. Milind Sawant, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC), said, “We have selected the best BMC schools for this MIEB. Now, the state has the power to decide how many schools they will nominate out of the 26 applications.

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