BMC’s English-medium schools face increasing dropout rates

BMC has already closed several Marathi-medium schools due to the drop in attendance


With Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) shutting down its Marathi-medium schools due to the high drop out rates, the English-medium schools run by the civic body gained more admissions. However, the number of dropouts in English-medium schools are also increasing. 

According to BMC’s Education Department, during the year 2008-2009, almost 9,550 students took admission in Mumbai Public Schools (MPS) while the numbers rose to 30,924 in the academic year 2017-2018. The education department informed that in the last decade, the number of students studying in MPS has tripled.   

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However, the students who migrated from Marathi, Telugu, Urdu medium to English medium faced major issues while coping with the language and had to return to their old schools. 

Along with 64 MPS, 51 English-medium schools are also run by the civic body in the city which has 34,031 students enrolled. In the year 2016-17, almost 35,080 students registered to take admission the BMC-run English medium schools. However, the number dropped to 34,031 in the academic year 2017-18. 

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