231 Schools shut: What about students’ education? asks Education Committee Chairman

The Education Committee Chairman said that the state government should consider its policy and help the children deprived of education

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Education Committee Chairman Mangesh Satakar wrote a letter to the state Education Minister Vinod Tawde asking the state government to reconsider the decision of labelling 231 schools as unauthorised.

Maharashtra government shut down 231 schools and declared them illegal which left 35 to 40 thousand students deprived of education. Satkar has appealed the government to think about bringing these children into mainstream education.

Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, the central and state government is trying to provide education to children by implementing various schemes. On the other hand, the Maharashtra government issued an order to shut the schools. 231 schools in Mumbai have been shut.

The Education Committee Chairman in his letter said that the government is contradicting its vision and policies to bring every child under mainstream education.

Before June 2018, the government intends to take strong actions against the illegal schools. The schools will be fined ₹1 lakh. Also, if the schools do not shut down, they will have to pay ₹10,000 each day.

Satkar wrote that Mumbai is completely different geographically and in terms of population compared to other cities in Maharashtra. The government has to reconsider its policy for relaxation in the view of educational needs of the children.

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