Mumbai: BMC Schools See Overwhelming Response for Non-State Board Curriculum

The Mumbai Public Schools (MPS) received over 4,100 applications for non-state board education despite limited seats. The BMC will use a lottery system to allot seats in February.

Mumbai: BMC Schools See Overwhelming Response for Non-State Board Curriculum
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The race for non-state board education in Mumbai is fierce, with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) receiving a staggering 4,100 applications for the Mumbai Public Schools (MPS) offering Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for the academic year 2023-24. However, the number of seats available is just 868, leaving many parents disappointed.

The BMC, to ensure a fair process, has decided to allot the seats through a lottery system. The lottery is likely to be held next month, in February.

This development came after the application process for the upcoming academic year (2023-24) concluded late last week and the BMC has received a significant number of applications.

With the limited number of seats available, the lottery system will be the only fair way to allot seats, giving every applicant a chance to secure a spot in the highly sought after schools, officials stated.

The city currently has 11 MPS offering the CBSE curriculum, and one each offering the ICSE, IGCSE and IB curriculum. However, all the applications received are for entry-level admission, as all other classes are now full. Starting this year, the BMC will only be conducting entry-level admissions in the MPS offering non-state board curriculum.

All the 11 schools offering the CBSE curriculum and the one school offering the ICSE curriculum have two divisions of nursery class, each with a capacity of 34 seats.

This makes a total of 68 seats available in each school. On the other hand, the school in Matunga offering the IGCSE and another in Vile Parle offering the IB curriculum have only one nursery class each with a capacity of 26 seats in both, making a total of 52 seats available in each of these schools.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend of parents opting for non-state board education for their children. The CBSE and ICSE curriculum are known for their focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which is why many parents are choosing to send their children to these schools. The IGCSE and IB curriculum are also gaining popularity among parents as they are known for their international perspective and emphasis on creativity and innovation.

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