The Maharashtra school education department proposes to establish an independent agency—the State Accreditation and Assessment Council—for evaluating government-aided and non-aided schools across the state from the next financial year.
A proposal to this effect will come up for approval at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The department will ask the Cabinet to allow it to prepare guidelines for the council which will rank schools based on several parameters such as quality of education, management, attendance, boys-to-girls ratio and overall performance prevailing in respective schools. Parameters fulfilled will earn schools specific points for gradation and ranking.
While the education department proposed an independent arm for assessment, it has also proposed to relax eligibility norms for schools applying for government aid. This has been done after school associations staged agitations after the regulation came in to force in November 2011. This proposal is likely to get approval because most ruling politicians and their supporters run non-aided schools.
In another major change, the mandatory enrolment of girls has been reduced by 10% to 40% (compared to boys). Any school with more than 40% girls will get five points and the percentage of 30-40% would earn three points. Less than 30% will get no points.