EDUCATION

Although Mumbai is known for its success as a business city, it is also home to one of the best education institutes available in India, providing high class education to citizens all over. Most of the education centres like public schools in Mumbai are run by BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) and other private institutes by trusts and independent individuals. Better education is provided by the private schools since the standard is higher than that of the public schools. The medium of teaching is usually in English in the private schools and improved facilities are available at such institutions. Public schools provide a stark contrast where efficient equipment and various opportunities may not be available. Private schools in Mumbai are mostly affiliated with the Maharashtra state Secondary Schools Certificate (SSC) board or the all-India Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and CBSE boards, and the colleges affiliated with one of the largest universities in the world, the University of Mumbai.

Mumbai is a happening centre that provides plenty of opportunities for education and learning. For children living in the urban city, there are approximately more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools. Even though the language of Marathi is a compulsory in all the municipal schools, various institutes provide teaching methods in languages such as Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, and English; English being taught mostly in private schools.

Education in Mumbai is free till a certain level for all students (again with the exception of private schools). However, parents have to spend money on aspects such as textbooks and school uniforms. The level of literacy in Mumbai is quite high, but to compare, the level of students dropping out of school is also quite high. As mentioned above, most parents prefer to send their children to the more elite class private schools or send their children abroad for further education. However, India has a declining economy and most of its residents are not able to send their children to posh private schools and instead send them to government run facilities which are often lacking in various aspects such as proper education, lack of equipment, negligent classrooms, and these are only to name a few.

After the mandatory ten years of schooling, students are encouraged and told to apply for a Junior College, which takes up further 2 years. Students can choose their subjects from four main categories; Arts, Commerce, Science and Law, which eventually leads to students undertaking a professional degree in the category they chose.


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