Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to set up a residential school for boys which will be the first of its kind in the city. This school will come up at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata.
The school will have facility to lodge students for a duration of 12 hours from 6.30 am to 6.30 in the evening. There will be facilities for their bath, breakfast lunch as well as tiffin in the evening, before they return home.
“There are a number of students in schools run by us whose parents leave for work early in the morning and return in the evening. After they leave these kids skip school and roam here and there. The parents will drop these kids in the school and we will take care of them through out the day. They will receive education as well as food and other facilities ,” said a senior official of the Education department of the civic body.
The KMC will recruit non teaching staffs to take care of the kids after their school hours.
There are two schools located at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore among which one school is entirely for boys. “KMC’s plan is to upgrade the boys school to residential facilities having a capacity to lodge 100 students,” the official added.
A similar school with residential facilities for girls is being set up at Kashiswari Chatterjee Lane in ward 1 of the civic body. Work for the school has already started.
KMC maintains a total of 257 primary schools in the city and the student strength is over 25,000. Most of the students studying in KMC schools hail from poor financial background.
It may be mentioned that the infrastructure of KMC schools have witnessed a sea change, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010.
The Education department has introduced Hindi medium, Urdu Medium and English medium schools catering to the demand of the people in different localities in the city.