It has been learnt that several PMC-run schools in the city are yet to receive this year’s scholarship grants from the state education department. Every year in March the Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) conducts scholarship examination for students from Std IV to Std VII. In these examinations students’ aptitude for mathematics, language skills, and intelligence quotient (IQ) are tested.
This year 7 lakh students had appeared for the examination of which 3.5 lakh cleared it, making them eligible to avail the scholarship starting April. The scholarship amount is collected by the schools and is utilised for the students’ high school studies between Std VIII and Std X.
Sources said that around 30,000 students from Std IV to Std VII from various PMC-run schools had been declared eligible for the scholarship. But most of the school managements alleged that despite repeated reminders to the MSCE, state government’s autonomous exam-conducting body, they haven’t yet received the grants.
“We had also inquired with the PMC’s education department about the grants, but we have been told that this year only Rs 25,000 were allotted by the administration to its school department. Earlier the grants would be around Rs 10 lakh,” an administrator from Gogate Pathshala said.
An MSCE official said the number of students appearing for the scholarship examination, and those passing it, is increasing. “The students will not be deprived of their scholarship and it will be worked out,” the official said.