The State government is planning to introduce a Bill in the legislature to allow self-financed unaided private schools on the lines of the private universities Bill that was passed in the recently concluded monsoon session.
The Bill is being drafted and may be introduced in the winter session of the legislature in December, a senior bureaucrat said. It will be on the lines of the one on self-financed universities and the idea is to allow educational institutions to improve the quality of education provided they do not depend on the government for funds.
He said the Bill would set norms for schools right from the pre-primary level to the higher secondary level. The educational institutions would have to meet the standard requirements.like having at least one acre of land if the school is in Mumbai,or two acres if it is in rural areas.the size of classrooms,libraries and even the number of books in libraries has been specified at more than five per student, he said. Even the KG classes would be under the purview of the Bill and norms are being set for them.
He said such schools would be required to maintain a quota of 25 per cent for economically backward class students. The quota would not be an impediment as there were already about 300 applications pending with the school education department for permission to open such schools and the institutions were willing to comply with the quota,he said.
The bureaucrat said schools would be subjected to fee regulation rules framed by the government and would be allowed to choose the medium of instruction as well as the syllabus of any established educational board. The institutions would be asked to create an endowment fund,which would be used as a security deposit to ensure that the new laws are complied with.
He said there are 5,412 unaided English and 1,678 Marathi primary schools in the state.