Ensuring Educational Equity: Maharashtra’s RTE Reforms

In a recent move towards educational equity, Maharashtra has initiated reforms in the Right to Education (RTE) admission process. The focus is on ensuring uninterrupted education for underprivileged students, addressing concerns raised by the AAP Parents Union.

Under the RTE Act, education up to class VIII is mandated for all students. However, many aided schools in Maharashtra currently stop at the fourth or seventh standard, creating a gap in education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Addressing these concerns, the Director of Primary Education, Sharad Gosavi, affirmed the government’s commitment to providing education up to class VIII for all students, especially those from socially and educationally backward backgrounds.

The recent changes in the RTE admission process aim to streamline procedures and ensure equitable access to education. Priority in admission will be given to aided schools, followed by government schools, local self-government schools, and then self-financed schools. Additionally, students will have the flexibility to enroll in nearby aided, government, or unaided schools as per their needs.

To tackle the issue of limited grade levels in certain schools, it has been decided to add fifth class to schools up to fourth standard and eighth class to schools up to seventh standard. This transition will be implemented at the beginning of the next academic year, ensuring a smooth educational journey for students.

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