Education has received a major shot in the arm in the BMC’s new budget for 2014-15. The civic body has a provision of a whopping Rs 2,660.44 crore for education, which the BMC is going to use to attract more students to municipal schools and encourage education in the city. This is a major jump as last year the BMC had allocated Rs 2,115 crore for education.
As per the budget plans, a majority of the amount will be set aside to repair and reconstruct the old school buildings. Apart from that, officials have planned to convert about 250 regional schools into semi-English medium schools.
Additionally, in an attempt to protect plots which had been reserved for school from encroachments, the civic officials have announced that they will be building eight new municipal schools to add to the list of the 453 existing municipal schools.
And that’s not all: Civic officials are also going to launch two new softwares, which will help the civic body in keeping a tab on the schools under their jurisdiction. They are going to introduce the Child Tracking System. This new system will have the data of each and every child from 0-14 years of age and will help officials see if the children are in school or not.
The second is Management Information System, which would enable the authorities to keep a close eye on the workings of the school and their day-to-day running. All the details of the school will be collated, such as uniforms, books, stationery provided, and this data will be available to the civic officials.
There are a lot of things we are coming up with. The Child Tracking System is very important to us. It will help in improving and encouraging education in society. It will take some time at first but once all the data is in place, it will be highly beneficial. We are also going to convert 250 regional schools into semi-English medium schools, as our survey showed us that parents prefer English medium schools. - Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner
This is a very progressive budget. Boosting education is very important in society and if we can attract more students, then the funds will be utilised even better. - Yamini Jadhav, education committee member and Shiv Sena corporator