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A unique partnership with private enterprise increases performance of BMP High Schools by over 300%!

Bangalore, July 6, 2004: At a special convocation, BMP announced the results of "Operation Recharge", a unique partnership with Pratiksha Trust, Parikrma Humanity Foundation and Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Pratiksha Trust, founded by Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Dy. Managing Director of Infosys and his wife Sudha Gopalakrishnan, funded this unique program - which was to raise the pass percentage of 12 of the lowest performing BMP High Schools in the Std. 10, SSLC examination, through a focused after-school tutorial program.

Pratiksha over the past few years has been very involved with Corporation Schools, providing scholarships for over 400 children, every year. It was their focus on providing quality education that led them to invite Parikrma Humanity Foundation to manage the after-school program.

Parikrma is a nonprofit organization that manages three Centres for Learning for 480 slum and street children.

Pratiksha also got Akshaya Patra to serve snacks to the children to address the problem of hunger because of extended hours in school.

Parikrma, through 45 experienced teachers, managed the program which started on October 27, 2003. A concentrated dose of Std. 10 SSLC material was imparted 6 days a week for 2 hours a day till the examination in March 2004. The results were stunning. Something, not been achieved to date. For years, pass percentage within these 12 schools had averaged at 9.14%. 845 children sat for the SSLC exam in March 2004. 259 passed the exam - an increase in pass percentage to 30.7%. The Operation Recharge program was able to improve the performance of these schools by 335%! Interestingly there were 32 first class students from these schools, which, earlier, had not produced even one first class result. Details of the performance of participating High Schools are attached.

Said Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Dy. Managing Director Infosys, "I am very heartened with the results. The students have worked hard and taken advantage of the tuition given. This shows that this is one way to improve school education while we should parallely improve the quality of teaching."

Given the excellent performance of the program, plans are being put in place to extend it to make it a one year program and even include 8th and 9th standards in the process of preparation.

For more information contact:

Mr. Shantaraju
Dy. Director Education
Bangalore Mahanagara Palike
Ph: 2297 5574 (O)