bmc-school-If you are in Std VII, you are still in primary school. The state cabinet has modified the definition of primary education, extending it from the present Std IV to Std VII. The changes will be soon made to the Mumbai Primary Education Rules, 1947, and Maharashtra Private Schools Employees (Service Rules) 1977. A government press release said the move comes after a PIL in Bombay High Court about the closure of Std V in a school in Kolhapur. During the hearings, it was found that the government had not defined primary education. The HC then directed the state to clearly define what primary education is. The press note said that the change was effected due to this. The decision will have a direct impact on salaries on teachers, fees and grants from government. Meanwhile, the government has extended the benefit of the Sixth Pay Commission to government-owned corporations like state transport, various companies of the electricity board, MIDC and other bodies. But the cabinet has made it clear that only those corporations which will make profit for the next three years can give this benefit to their employees. The cabinet has also said that only those corporations which have given their accounts till 2005-2006 can bestow the benefit. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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