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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
PMC: Promote E-learning and civic schools

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will prepare a plan to promote e-learning and a semi-English medium in PMC-run schools, municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak said on Monday, 2nd July, 2012 while speaking in the general body meeting. The number of students in Marathi medium schools is decreasing, thereby reducing the student strength in civic schools, Pathak said. As a result, the civic body has planned these steps to attract more students to civic schools and to improve the quality of education provided in these schools, he said.

PMC: Promote E-learning & civic schools

The PMC and the civic school board will take up an initiative to sharpen soft skills of teachers. An agency will be appointed to provide software and hardware as well as to conduct a training programme. If we decide to train teachers ourselves, three agencies will be required for the three aspects, which may cause coordination problems, he said. Corporators raised questions on the functioning of civic schools and demanded that action be taken against those school board officials who were not performing efficiently. The civic body has hardly taken any efforts to improve the quality of education in civic schools.

There should be specific programmes that can enhance skills of students and teachers, said Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Medha Kulkarni. Congress corporator Datta Bahirat said that non-teaching staff in the schools were not performing their duties. A case of bogus staff attendance has come to light, where a staff member was shown as present despite his not being in town for nearly a fortnight. The staff member was paid salary for those days. If a scrutiny is carried out, more cases will come to light. Action needs to be taken against those found guilty, he said.

The PMC runs 306 schools, of which 36 are not functioning as their student strength is less than 200. Corporators also raised the issue of non-availability of educational material like notebooks and uniforms for students. They pointed out the infrastructure problems in civic school buildings across the city. Pathak said that the procurement educational materials will be completed by 15th August. Additional engineer Naresh Zurmure said, Officials will visit school buildings and repair works will be started in a weeks time.
Drama at GB meeting:
Tension prevailed in the general body (GB) meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation when education officer Ramchandra Jadhav made allegations against corporators for shielding employees who were involved in alleged illegal practices. Agitated corporators went to the well of the house and disrupted proceedings. They demanded that the Jadhav should declare the name of the corporators concerned and said that the GB would not be allowed to conduct further business till the names were declared. It is an insult to corporators.

If any corporator is shielding illegal practices, people should know his / her name. Jadhav is trying to hide the wrong doings of his own staff, the elected representatives said, cutting across party lines. They kept proceedings on hold for nearly 15 minutes. Women corporators threw bangles at Jadhav, who subsequently apologised and said that he was withdrawing the allegations. It was a misunderstanding on my part and I take back my words, he said, following which, the GB meeting resumed business.

Courtesy: Times of India

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