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Maharashtra government temporarily halts admission of Adivasi students in English schools

Under ‘Namankit Schools Yojana’, Adivasi students get admission in private English medium schools in 1st standard and their education till Class 12th is sponsored by the state government.

Maharashtra government temporarily halts admission of Adivasi students in English schools
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The Maharashtra Tribal Welfare department has halted the admissions of Adivasi students in reputed English medium schools under a government scheme. The decision to temporarily stay the admission in 1st standard is a part of economic austerity measures undertaken by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Maharashtra Tribal Welfare Minister Kagda Chandya (KC) Padvi informed that this decision will not affect nearly 50,269 Adivasi students studying in Classes 2 to 12. Those studying in reputed schools will continue their education, he said while addressing an online presser. 

Under ‘Namankit Schools Yojana’, Adivasi students get admission in private English medium schools in 1st standard and their education till Class 12th is sponsored by the state government. 

However, those who applied to take admission in private English medium schools will be accommodated in English and semi-English medium schools affiliated to the tribal welfare department, the minister informed. 

The decision to halt the admission of Adivasi students in reputed English medium schools was temporary and has been taken as a part of economic austerity measures by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak, Padvi added. 

The minister further informed that the government will revise its decision to enrol Adivasi students in reputed English medium schools once the COVID-19 situation improves and schools are allowed to reopen. Moreover, those currently studying in private schools will continue their education, he said. 

71 per cent of the budgetary allocation of the tribal welfare development is spent on education and 52 new English and semi-English schools are being started to ensure that the students get a good education in English, Padvi said while adding that qualified teachers were being hired for the same. 

The state's tribal welfare department provides good education to Adivasi children via government ashram schools, state-aided ashram schools and Eklavya residential public schools, among others. 

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