State Approves 2,000 English-Medium Schools
The state government has granted permission to various institutions
to open 2,000 English-medium schools in the state. However, it has kept
pending about 1,700 proposals to start new Marathi-medium schools. The government
will now appoint an expert committee to study the Marathi-medium schools in the
state and identify how many more are needed.
An official from the state school education department said: Since June 2010, the
government has stopped issuing approval to new Marathi medium schools. There are
too many such schools in the state, compared to the number of students English-medium
school proposals were submitted to the chief minister last week, who has given the
nod to start these schools.
The expert committee to study the Marathi-medium schools will consist of experts
in the field of education and heads of institutions from Mumbai and Pune. The names
are still being shortlisted. The government will announce the committee once it
has finalised the names, the official said.
Ravi Khedekar, member of the management committee of an educational institute in
the city that has proposed to open a new Marathi-medium school, said, Our proposal
has been pending with the government for the past three years. Our proposal is being
rejected and at the same time, the government has approved 2,000 English-medium
schools. There are several English-medium schools of all the boards in the city,
and there is no need to introduce new ones. The government must promote the state
board and not the educational boards outside Maharashtra.
Courtesy:Times of India