'Give go ahead to upgrade 5 KMC-run schools to Class VIII'
Kolkata: The Education department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has written to the state Education department to give them the green signal to upgrade five of its schools up to Class VIII. The civic body already has five schools which have been upgraded to eighth standard.
"The schools that will be upgraded are based in both South and North Kolkata. One of these schools is located in Behala and another in Shibarampur a few kilometers from Behala Chowrasta," Avijit Mukherjee, Member Mayor-In-Council (Education) said on the sidelines of a programme in which sweaters, tiffin boxes and water bottles were distributed among students of KMC schools. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee kicked off the distribution process at Uttam Mancha and it was attended by KMC chairperson Mala Roy and Member Mayor-In-Council (Parks and Gardens) Debasish Kumar.
It is learnt that among the 273 schools under the civic body, the five that have been upgraded to Class VIII are the ones situated in Ward 50, 78, 138, 125 and at Nepal Bhattacharjee Street in Kalighat.
Speaking about the sea change in the infrastructure of the KMC schools, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010, Chatterjee said they have introduced Hindi medium, Urdu medium and English medium schools catering to the demands in different localities. "We will not compromise with the standard of education in our schools. In another two months we will complete the recruitment of 100 contractual teachers. Many highly qualified students including Master degree holders have applied for teachers' posts," he said. He reiterated that a number of school buildings that were in need of urgent repair have been renovated. "There is hardly any school building in the KMC that does not match the standards of state government schools in terms of quality and infrastructure," he said. According to him, the KMC has already handed over books, exercise books, dresses, socks and shoes to the students. Now, all 30,000 students of the KMC schools will get sweaters, tiffin boxes and water bottles.
"It will be of immense help to the students to fight the winter chill as KMC schools are held during early morning hours," he added.