“Teachers and officials are working to ensure that students in the state do not go out of school. In such a situation, it would not be appropriate to close the Marathi medium schools with low numbers. Due to this, low number of schools in the state will not be closed,’ said Education Commissioner Suraj Mandhare.
There are 4 thousand 800 schools with less than 20 seats in the state. With 65,000 schools in about 45,000 villages, some villages have two government schools within a very short distance. If both these schools have less than 10 seats, it is not suitable to run due to lack of adequate manpower. So these schools will be adjusted and teachers and infrastructure will be provided.
However, if there are schools at two different ends of the same village, they will not be closed. Similarly, government schools will remain in remote areas to teach local students. If these schools are closed, students will be out of school. Mandhare also said that they will not close these schools.
‘FRA’ for private schools
Sutowach Mandhare proposed implementing a mechanism like the Fee Regulatory Authority (FRA) to control the rising fees of private schools at the school level. There is no control on fee hike of private schools. There is no rule as to how much the primary fee should be. The administration of the schools was freed by fixing a fixed fee for the first time. After that, the fee continues to increase on the same fee. Sometimes with the approval of ‘PTA’ the fee increase goes beyond 15 percent. In such a situation, the fee increase of schools needs to be within certain limits. Mandhare also promised to take steps to implement the Fee Regulatory Authority (FRA) at the school level.
666 bogus schools in the state
It has been revealed that 666 schools in the state are bogus, and no information about their registration is available with the education department. These schools may belong to CBSE or any board. Parents need to be aware while taking admission in nursery, junior KG in private schools. Schools ask for money and parents pay, it needs to stop somewhere. The prejudice that government schools do not provide good education should be removed. Mandhare explained that it has come out from the educational ranking that schools affiliated to the state board are also providing good education. Mandhare also explained that proceedings have been initiated to file a case against three private schools in Pune.
The quality of government schools will improve
Efforts are being made to improve the quality of government schools in the state. For this, work is going on to provide more infrastructure facilities to the schools. For this, five percent amount can be taken from the District Planning Committee. Similarly, attention is being paid to the development of schools with the help of social organizations and public registration. Mandhare said that schools in Wablewadi and Karad in Pune district have been developed in this way.