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South Delhi civic body to enable adoption of schools by private parties

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NEW DELHI

Times of India

August 9,2013

With an aim to improve quality of education in municipal schools, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation is all set to launch a school adoption scheme. Under this scheme, NGOs, corporate firms, private schools etc will adopt municipal schools and manage its functioning. Officials say, a lot of groups have already started expressing their interest in this scheme which is likely to be implemented from next session.

“This policy will help us improve the quality of education in our school and bring it to the level of private schools. The groups will hire their own staff and manage the school. We will provide for basic infrastructure, meals and books. But we are yet to finalize the terms and conditions of the policy,” said Satish Upadhyay, BJP councillor and chairman of education committee, South corporation.

Upadhyay claims many foundations have expressed interest in the scheme. In fact, some of the foundations are already working on this concept in Mumbai. “This is a new concept and the South corporation will be the first to implement it. These groups will be allowed to do branding of the schools they adopt,” said Upadhyay.

Of the 588 schools under its jurisdiction, the South corporation will implement the scheme in about 50 of them. “In these schools, the infrastructure is good but the student turnout is very low,” Upadhyay said.

He further added, “In some schools, the civic agency has created infrastructure for around 1000 students but there are just 100-150 students studying presently. We want effective utilization of our facilities. At present, we have one or two teachers in these schools. Once the policy is in place, we will shift these teachers to our other schools”. Officials say, the policy will be finalized and will be tabled in the standing committee meeting soon.

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