A group of school managements running private, Marathi-medium schools across the state will launch a month-long agitation against the state government, from January 31, for refusing to give them permission to set up schools.
Since 2008, the government has not granted permission for any new primary or secondary privately-run Marathi-medium school. In 2008, the government had invited proposals for new Marathi-medium schools, but after receiving 6,028 proposals, refused to grant permission.
“Our applications were rejected without giving any reasons,” said Arun Thakur, who runs a school in Nashik, and is the co-ordinator for Shikshan Hakka Samanvaya Samiti, a network of schools behind the campaign.
The state claims it is preparing a master plan to map existing schools and identify areas that need new schools. “Unless we have a plan for the whole state we cannot allow additional schools,” said Rajendra Darda, the school education minister.