The state government has informed the Bombay high court that it has finalised the master plan for upper-primary and secondary Marathi medium schools for rural areas, while the one for urban areas is being worked out. In a note submitted to the chief justice on Friday, the state government revealed the discussion in the assembly on the acute shortage of Marathi medium schools in border areas, due to which students have to take admission in schools giving education in the language of the neighbouring state. The cabinet has now taken a decision to grant permits to Marathi medium schools in border areas, the note stated.
Assistant government pleader Nitin Deshpande submitted the note mainly for modification of a full bench order that was passed earlier this year in which the state’s submission stating that no permission for opening of new primary and secondary schools, across languages, will be granted was recorded.
The note states that this submission has come in the way of granting permissions to schools imparting other mediums such as Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati among others which are not covered under the master plan. All this will be subject to the full bench modifying its earlier order, the note added.
A full bench comprising of justice DK Deshmukh, justice Anoop Mohta and justice KK Tated had passed the order while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Shikshan Mandal and others after a division bench referred the matter to the larger bench.