State education dept. plans to improve quality of education for economically weaker sections of the minority community

Minster Varsha Gaikwad, in a meeting held on August 10, shared that a committee of experts should be constituted to suggest measures for the same.

State education dept. plans to improve quality of education for economically weaker sections of the minority community

Maharashtra's School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, said that a committee of experts should be constituted to suggest measures to improve educational infrastructure and facilities for minority students and schools in the state. She made the suggestion while addressing the officials at a meeting held at the Ministry on Tuesday.

Adding more she said that the experts will be able to assist with solutions for the various problems faced by the educational institutions regarding minority students. She also took to Twitter to share the details from the meeting

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Present at the meeting was Minister of Textiles and Guardian Minister of Mumbai Aslam Sheikh, Additional Chief Secretary of School Education Vandana Krishna, Joint Secretary Imtiaz Qazi, MLA Dr. Wajahat Mirza, former minister Naseem Khan, former MLA MM Sheikh, Anjuman Islam president Zaheer Qazi, state president of Urdu Teachers Association Sheikh Naziruddin and other senior officials among others.

Minister Gaikwad further added that a letter will be sent to the concerned department in the government stating the need to mention the caste, religion and minority of the students in the school leaving certificate. Furthermore, officials will be directed to follow-up with the finance department to ensure the  authorities work towards the pending recruitment of vacancies in minority schools. 

Demands have been made in the past for a residential school for minority students and if a detailed proposal is submitted in this regard, a positive decision can be taken by the school education department, she said. Moreover, issues related to grants, teacher recruitment, provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, and other pending matters concerning the minority students and related schools were discussed in detail at the meeting. 

Officials also presented the problems faced by the  representatives of minority educational institutions  in Mumbai, Marathwada, Pune. and Vidharbha. 

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Meanwhile, Minister Gaikwad, on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, released the guidelines and SOP to resume schools in Maharashtra. As per reports, educational institutes can begin offline classes from August 17, 2021, and this will be applicable for Classes 8-12 in urban areas and Classes 5-12 in rural parts of Maharashtra.

Sharing more information on Twitter, she said, "Schools in areas where coronavirus cases are under control can restart physical classes for Std 5-12th in rural areas & 8-12th in urban areas from Aug 17. Safe resumption of schools is being considered to ensure all students have equal access to education amidst the pandemic."


"Municipal commissioners in Mumbai, Thane and Collectors of the 11 districts where restrictions still continue as per #BreakTheChain guidelines dated 2nd August, have been empowered to assess risk locally and decide on school reopening in their jurisdiction. Consent of parents is paramount to us, 81% parents said in @scertmaha survey they want schools to reopen so on July 15, 8-12th Std. classes were started in corona free villages. Parents will have final say on physical presence of their wards, attendance norms have been relaxed," she added.

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