For inculcating a competitive edge in students from economically backward sections, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is starting English medium sections in 267in its primary schools. Within each of the 267 municipal wards, one MCD-run school has been identified by the civic agency for this purpose and they have been rechristened as 'Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya', told officials. The list of identified schools will be placed before a Standing Committee meeting of the civic body tomorrow.
The 267 schools will have one English medium section for class-I in the initial phase while similar sections will be started for all the primary classes over the next five years. Depending on the success of the classes being started, further steps would be taken to expand the classes more widely, told MCD Education Committee Chairman Pritviraj Sawhney. The idea of opening these sections is to provide an opportunity for parents from economically backward sections who are very keen to provide English medium education to their wards but are being unable to do so as the fee structure in private English medium schools is too high. The MCD at present runs 1746 primary schools in which about 9.5 lakh children are studying.