Pupul Chatterjee : Thu Jul 05 2012, 11:16 hrs
Primary and upper primary government-run schools in the state may have to extend their classes up to Stds V and VIII respectively if a proposal from the officer of the director of education is accepted by the state government. At present, primary schools have classes up to Std IV, while upper primary schools have classes up to Std VII. The changes will be applicable to Zilla Parishad and civic schools in the state.
Shridhar Salunke, director of education, said, "We sent the proposal to the school education department today. Surveys are on to ascertain the number of such schools in the state. If there is no state/civic school up to Std V within a radius of one km of a primary school, then that primary school will have to extend classes to Std V. For existing upper primary schools, the radius will be three km." He added that with stress being laid on implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, education officials realised that schools need to be extended up to Std VIII.
A senior official from PMC's education department said, "In other states, primary schools have classes from Std I to Std V and upper primary from VI to VIII. In Maharahstra, as per the Bombay Primary Education Act, 1949, we have primary schools up to Std IV and upper primary up to Std VII."
Ramchandra Jadhav, PMC education officer, said, "If the state accepts the proposal, we will extend classes in primary and upper primary schools."