PMC starts free English medium e-learning school for poorNews — By The Desk on June 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Times of India: The Pune Municipal Corporation has taken up an ambitious project to provide free school education to the poor and needy through e-learning. This is probably the first school of its kind where everything will be taught through computers with minimal use of books.
The English medium school is based in Sahakarnagar and is named the Rajiv Gandhi Academy of e-learning. Corporator Aba Bagul, who initiated the project, said that about 1,500 students have already been enrolled for classes from junior KG till std VII. The classes will further be extended till X.
Yet another prominent feature of the school is its affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Bagul said, “The CBSE board is acceptable every where. Even if a student leaves the state, he will be able to cope with studies. Similarly, an exposure to computers from an early age is essential. So instead of textbooks, they will be given an e-learning module.”
Built on an area of 70,000 sq ft, the cost of the five-storey building, which is still under construction, is around Rs 12 crore. With a line up of 190 computers, 22 teachers with a diploma in education (DEd) and nine nursery teachers, the academy will function between 8 am and 4 pm from Monday to Friday.
The teachers here are being trained by several English medium schools in the city. There are 31 classrooms and each class is equipped with an LCD screen. Besides, there are three laboratories, four staffrooms, one regular library and one digital library, an auditorium with a seating of 600, canteen and an elevator.
Students would be provided with three sets of uniform, apart from two sets of sports uniform and shoes. They will also be given a meal, milk in the morning and breakfast.
Plans are afoot to conduct classes after school hours for aspirants of the Indian Police Services, Indian Administrative Services and Indian Foreign Services, said Bagul.