The Maharashtra government will have to change its rules for recruiting teachers if it wants to implement the Right to Education Act effectively.
The Act says there should be one teacher for 30 students. “We will have to rework the rules set for recruiting teachers to meet the proportion,” said a senior education department official requesting.
The school education department also wants to restrict teachers from taking up private tuitions or non-teaching work while working with state schools.
The first thing the state will have to do, however, is identify how much capital and revenue expenditure implementing the Act will involve. “It will be a 55:45 fund sharing agreement between the Centre and state. We’ll have to see how much funding will come in and discuss it with the finance department,” said state Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat.