The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) education board has come up with three schemes worth Rs 2 crore to ensure that deserving girl students are able to complete their education.
The education board has approached PMC officials and expect positive response by December. PMC education board chairperson Sangeeta Tiwari said, “We are planning three schemes as of now. The first is to start 10 Maharashtra State Certificate of Information Technology (MS-CIT) centres for girls in our schools. Secondly we will try to support our staff who have only one girl child by funding their child’s education and the third scheme is to support all the students who score 80 per cent or more in Class VII exam by taking complete responsibility of their education up to Class X.”
Throwing some light on the schemes, Tiwari added, “Over the years we have noticed that many poor families do not let their girl child complete their education after Class VII due to financial conditions. The aim of starting MS-CIT centres only for girls will be to ensure that even if these girls are pulled out of mainstream education, they are trained in something that can help them earn.”
According to education board officials, about 30-35 per cent students attending PMC schools drop out after Class VII. “The main reason is that we have 300 primary schools and only 23 secondary schools. The standards of our schools are not as good as the private schools due to which many do not get admissions in private schools. Also, many parents do not let their children complete their education because of monetary problems,” said an official of the board.
“There are many good students who are lag behind because of financial problems. Our scheme will help such students. Any student who will score more than 80 per cent in Class VII will be supported completely by our board till Class X. The scheme has been finalised and we are waiting for a final nod from the PMC,” said Tiwari.