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Training For BMC Teachers For ICSE and CBSE To Begin Soon

Joint Municipal Commissioner of BMC Ashutosh Salil stated that the teachers will be assessed for their English language and teaching skills. These teachers will also have to clear a written exam.

Training For BMC Teachers For ICSE and CBSE To Begin Soon
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State Environment and Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray and Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had recently announced that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) students will now be taught Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum. The plan is to initially implement this in two schools only i.e. Woollen Mill Municipal School in Dadar and Poonam Nagar Municipal School in Andheri and then take it to other schools. As a part of this plan, Woollen Mill Municipal School and Poonam Nagar Municipal School will get an ICSE and CBSE affiliation respectively. 

In the BMC budget that was presented on Tuesday, February 4, there was no separate allocation of budget for the same. However, BMC stated that there will be no new intakes for ICSE and CBSE curriculum and 20 BMC school teachers will be shortlisted for rigorous training.  Joint Municipal Commissioner of BMC Ashutosh Salil stated that the teachers will be assessed for their English language and teaching skills. These teachers will also have to clear a written exam. Of these, a selected few would qualify for the interview. Finally, only 12 teachers will be selected to teach in Wollen Mill school and Poonam Nagar school. The training for the teachers will be free of cost, however, whether their salary will be increased or no is yet uncertain. 

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Notably, Salil stated that on a trial basis ICSE and CBSE curriculum may be affiliated to students from pre-primary to Class 6. In the first year, there is a possibility that only lower grades will be introduced so that students can either register afresh or join the board after a year or two of studying in state board. However, a concrete plan for the same is yet to be decided. 

There will be a drastic change in the level of curriculum for students studying ICSE or CBSE till Class 6 and then shifting to State Board. The actual essence of the ICSE and CBSE curriculum is in the higher standards wherein there is more focus on the practical application of concepts. The curriculum that students study in the higher standards is the one that is actually related to what they will study in college. Therefore it is essential for the authorities to introduce ICSE and CBSE for higher standards as well. Currently, S.K.I. Jain School in Marine Lines teaches ICSE till class 8 and then shift to state board for Class 9 and 10. The students and parents have always raised a concern about the same and the school is now exploring opportunities to continue ICSE till standard 10. 

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