Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation initiates 10 schools for lower, middle class students

To have indoor & outdoor sports facilities, aims to be better than private schools

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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation initiates 10 schools for lower, middle class students
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From next academic year, families from the lower and middle income groups will be able to enroll their students in school that will be at par with leading private schools, claims senior office bearers of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). The civic body plans to set up 10 'high tech' schools for junior KG to standard eight. These will be predominantly set up in areas that have population of low and middle income group families.

Municipal School Board has already begun its survey to find out locations for these proposed schools. It is being aided by the Estate Department of the civic body. The schools will be set up in areas of Lambha, Naroda, Vastral, Bapunagar, Saraspur, Asarwa, Vatva, Nicol. Dhirendrasinh Tomar, chairman of the board said that these schools will offer courses in both English and Gujarati languages. "We have received tremendous response in about half a dozen new schools that we have started in the past few years. We are have a waiting list and due to fixed intake capacity we were unable to accommodate more students. Hence we decided to start new schools," Tomar told DNA.

Lakhdhir Desai, administrative officer of board said that the new approach of setting up modern schools has resulted in about 22,000 students from private school getting enrolled in government school. "This year close to 3,000 students have migrated to AMC schools from private schools and by August the number will rise to 6,000. Such a response by the parents has given a boost to the administration, which is the reason why the corporation is coming up with 10 new ultra modern schools," Desai said.

AMC claims that its new schools are better in terms of physical infrastructure and the qualification of the teachers. AMC has 381 schools in 206 buildings with close to 1.25 lakh students. The education is free of cost for all the students. Even the uniform and books are free.

"We want to dismiss the perception that only the private schools can provide quality education. Also the education here is totally free of cost," said Dhirendrasinh Tomar, chairman, Nagar Prathmik Sikshan Samiti.

Sukhdev Patel, educationist said, "While the initiative to have e-libraries and smart learning tools is good, the government should also ensure that they do not have shortfall of staff."

Well Equipped Schools

  • The schools will be from KG to Std-8 in English, Gujarati medium
  • They will be equipped with e-libraries, smart learning tools, and sports infrastructure
  • Education will be free of cost, no hidden expenses
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