non-ssc1The state government’s latest diktats on school education seem to have born out of an urge to get even, say non-SSC schools and parents of kids who study in these schools. The schools are planning to united fight back. Non-SSC institutions and parents have come together twice in the last one year to drag the state to court for its policies and have managed to convince the judiciary of their partisan nature both times. The latest government move comes barely a couple of months after the state’s second defeat in court against non-SSC schools and parents who challenged its decision to reserve 90% of seats in junior colleges for SSC students. The Mumbai High Court rubbished the decision, calling it self-contradictory” and “”unconstitutional”. The HC ruling on the state’s percentile system in 2008 was as scathing. The court had found the system “”hurried”, “”flawed” and “”illegal” and said the new rule promoted “”mediocracy over meritocracy” and hurt “”students’ right to equality”. Non-SSC schools and parents of students going to these schools are again getting ready to challenge the decision. Take a look on how new law laid down by the state and how it impacts non-SSC schools and their students : THE NEW LAW ON ENGLISH All schools, irrespective of their boards, will have to follow the SSC English Curriculum from classes I to V. Every expert agrees that the English curriculum followed in SSC schools is of a lower standard than that taught in most non-SSC schools. Boards like ICSE and CBSE allow schools the freedom to create their own syllabi up to Std VIII; this allows flexibility and innovation. THE NEW LAW ON MARATHI All schools will have to introduce Marathi as a compulsory second language from Std I to Std VIII. Will kids, taught Marathi as second language till Std VIII, be able to take up another language in Std IX if they have to move out of the state? Besides these there are other rules as well that have been drafted by the state. This includes that ICSE, CBSE, IB and IGCSE schools will have to comply with to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) that will renewed every three years. The government fee structure will be applicable to these schools and the total classroom strength will be in accordance with government rules. Data on the number of students in every class must be sent to the education officer by August 31. If they want to increase the number of divisions, schools must seek permission from the education officer. If the government wants any details on a school, the institution must furnish them. Bureau report – NMTV News.”

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