142 civic-run schools shut down in the last five years: Praja Foundation report

According to the report, a total number of municipal schools in Mumbai were running with one to 100 students while 53 schools had only one to 20 students, and were therefore on the verge of being merged with other schools

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On Wednesday, a city-based non-governmental organisation Praja Foundation released a report titled 'State of Municipal Education in Mumbai' and revealed that around 142 civic-run schools have been closed in the last five years. 

According to the report, a total number of municipal schools in Mumbai were running with one to 100 students while 53 schools had only one to 20 students and were therefore on the verge of being merged with other schools. It was also stated that the number of students at the English-medium schools that are run jointly by the municipal corporation and private agencies increased between 15-18 per cent while English-medium schools that are not under any NGO saw a 17 per cent increase in the last three years. 

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Nitai Mehta, Founder and Trustee, Praja Foundation, said that this trend shows that with the right intervention and use of existing resources, other schools under the corporation can also do better. According to the Praja Foundation’s report, enrolments at civic schools continued to dip. From 62,692 new students in 2016-17, enrolments have dropped to 56,969 in 2017-18.

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The greatest fall in numbers was also recorded in Hindi-medium schools, followed by Urdu- and Marathi-medium schools respectively. 

In the last five years, enrolments to Class 1 saw 24 per cent dip while 87.8 per cent of the students who had enrolled in Class 1 in 2013-14 continued their education until Class 5 in 2017-18. 

The report also revealed that 161 councillors have not asked any question(s) ever on education between April 2017 and March 2018.

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