The Maharashtra government’s school education department has drawn up a 20-point programme to implement the Right To Education Act that came into force from April 1.
The Act is expected to benefit 1.37 lakh children in the state who are not in school.
“Our department had started preparing for the Act from last year. We will make sure Maharashtra takes a lead in its implementation,” said State Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat.
For implementing the Act, the government has to calculate the expenses involved and pass a resolution that will make it mandatory for private schools to set aside 25 per cent of seats for underprivileged children.
Discussions within the department and with teachers and parents will have to be conducted to upgrade the syllabus and enact a grading system.