Maharashtra education department back with plan on closing schools with less than 20 students

Times of India | 1 week ago | 24-09-2022 | 05:13 am

Maharashtra education department back with plan on closing schools with less than 20 students

PUNE: The state education department has instructed all district officers to identify schools having less than 20 students enrolled and check the status of their reallocation. Tuesday's notification also stated that information on schools that have demanded more teaching staff is identified and submitted to the department. Government school teachers have opposed the government's move to shut down schools with less than 20 students and said that it was mandatory under the Right to Education act to have a junior school in one km periphery of a village and senior schools in a 3km periphery. Teachers said that even if some rural schools had low enrolment, their existence was important to make entire villages literate. Educator Bhau Chaskar said, "The government has once again started the process of shutting down schools in villages and vastis. However, the teaching community feels that it is against the RTE Act that has set some regulations when it comes to junior and senior schools in the reach of students. Putting up a list and instructing them to shut down is unfair. When schools go away from homes, it immediately affects the education of girls. Every school is a separate institution in itself hence the fate of such schools should be decided on case-by-case basis." The education department on Wednesday issued a notification to the district education officers asking for information regarding the status of teacher recruitment and also student enrolment across schools in Maharashtra. Senior officer from the education department Dattatray Shinde in this letter said, "All district education officers should provide information on students' enrolment in every district, approved number of appointment of teachers as per the allocation done, number of recruited staff and vacant posts. The information should be provided considering the guidelines issued in the August 28 government resolution." He added that they have also told education officers to give information on how many schools in Maharashtra have less than 20 students enrolled and what provisions have such schools made to shut down the classes. "The education department has put up a proposal to the state government to fill up 67,755 posts," he added.

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