To ensure that students from civic schools continue their education during the pandemic, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to provide them with financial support.
The civic body will transfer Rs 1000 to the students’ parent bank account by which they can purchase an unlimited data pack for the first six months of the academic year 2021-22. Around 35,000 students studying in civic schools will be able to benefit from the scheme.
While the civic body has been taking various measures and health facilities against the backdrop of the possible third wave of COVID, online learning is likely to continue in the coming 2021-22 academic year, at least for the first half.
Taking note from previous year's experience, the civic body has been working on a number of innovative ideas to make online education available to maximum number of students studying in civic schools. “Many parents face financial constraints and are unable to afford a data pack for their children's education ,” said an official from NMMC’s Education department.
“Therefore, to end this problem, we have decided to deposit Rs. 1000 in either the student's or their parent's bank account with which they can purchase the required data pack for the first half of the academic year 2021-22,” municipal commissioner Abhijeet Bangar said.
Meanwhile, the civic body is also making efforts to provide options for students whose parents do not have mobiles by distributing workbooks to their respective homes.
After every 15 days, the concerned teacher will visit their home to collect the old workbook and replace it with a new one for further study. “While teachers will evaluate the workbook, students will have another to continue their studies,” added Bangar.