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primary education. The BMC runs one of" the largest school systems in the country and runs it reasonably well. It has about 1,200 primary schools and also runs many secondary schools. Over the years, it has constructed many school complexes in different parts of the city. It is estimated that 300 families enter Mumbai city every day from all parts of the country. Most are poor and are hardly schooled. Apart from the needs of normal expansion, BMC has to cater to the needs of this heavy influx. The BMC not only has Marathi and Gujarati schools, but also Hindi, Tamil, Urdu and other language schools. Municipal schools are often the only ones available to poor and small cultural groups. Not many NGOs are in a position to start schools to cater to such a diverse cultural milicu; certainly not in the poorer, slummy parts of the city where 'donations' can only be skimpy.

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