BBMP to expand schools, colleges to more zones; set to benefit over 10,000 students

In a bid to make schools and colleges accessible to students in the new Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) districts demarcated after 2008, the civic agency has now announced the construction of 10 educational institutions (nursery to PU) in about seven constituencies in Bengaluru.

According to Umesh DS, Assistant Commissioner of Education (BBMP), new educational institutions will be established in Dasarahalli, Bommanahalli, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru South, KR Puram, RR Nagar and Byatarayanapura where it is expected to benefit more than 10,000 students.

“The project is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 180 crore and we will complete it before the start of the next academic year. We found that students from Yelahanka, Dasarahalli and Rajajinagar among others walk or travel long distances to government schools and BBMP schools that were previously concentrated in the eastern, western and southern districts of BBMP only. Umesh said the goal is to expand education to other BBMP regions and provide quality education, and added that the teacher recruitment process will start soon.

According to BBMP data, the number of people admitted to educational institutions run by the civil authority increased this year to about 26,000 compared to 23,000 last year. Furthermore, the BBMP-affiliated Pre-University College in Uttarahalli, which was recently opened, saw 200 admissions this year. The accreditation of BBMP schools and colleges is increasing every year. The number of admissions increased to 26,000 this year and we thought it necessary to implement more schools and colleges in BBMP areas that lack access to education,” Umesh said.

Although the BBMP is making efforts to expand its educational footprint in more regions, dilapidated infrastructure and poor academic performance remain a concern. Two BBMP schools in Murphy Town and KG Nagar scored zero percent of the results in the 2022 SSLC exam. As a result, guest teachers in these schools were terminated by the BBMP.

The Civil Agency is also carrying out maintenance work in 36 schools and colleges in the eastern, western and southern regions, where water and electricity leakage and roofing works are a problem.

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