Pvt schools to run from corporation school buildings

To help students passing out of municipal schools to pursue education in public schools, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to allow reputed schools to operate evening schools from its school buildings.

The civic body will get into a contract with reputed private schools, which can run a school from class 6 to 12 from the corporation school building. In return, they have to reserve 25 per cent seats for students passing out from the municipal primary schools.

Officers said the scheme will be implemented on a pilot basis from 10 school buildings.
North Corporation mayor Mira Aggarwal said the civic body owns several buildings, which are spacious and empty during the second half of the day.

“We will invite reputed schools to operate evening schools from the building. In return they can reserve at least 25 per cent of the total seats for students passing out from class five in our primary schools,” Aggarwal said.

Officers said it could be a win-win situation for both private players as well as students from the lower strata of the society. “While the private players will get to run schools in prime locations without investing much in infrastructure, the meritorious students passing out from the primary schools will have an opportunity to continue their study in public schools,” an officer said.

The proposal was passed in the civic body House meeting along with the budgetary proposal for the next financial year.

“The final draft of the scheme is being worked out. If the private schools want to run primary sections in the school, they can even do that. If some reputed coaching centres want to operate from the buildings, we can also consider such proposals. The final proposal will be prepared soon,” said Mahendra Nagpal, leader of House in North Corporation.

Corporation to create insurance fund. The corporation has also decided to do away with the practice of providing medical insurance to school students through insurance companies. Instead, it will constitute its own insurance fund.

Nagpal said several students are not able to make claims due to the process involved with the insurance companies.

“We pay around Rs 2 per student per month as premium to Life Insurance Corporation. Now we are planning to create our own insurance fund from the premium amount paid to the insurance companies. We will provide medical cover on our own. It would be easier for the students as well to make their claims from the corporation,” the leader of the House said.

There are around 4.5 lakh students studying in around 800 primary schools of North Corporation. The corporation official said they pay around Rs 9 lakh as insurance premium.

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