In November 2011,the state government had issued a government resolution (GR) saying that permanently non-grant schools will be given aid if they perform well. Following the GR,the Directorate of Education (DOE),secondary,has initiated online self assessment process for such schools on their website.
This step was taken after repeated requests from permanently non-grant schools to bring them at par with the schools that receive grants. The grants to such schools were stopped in 2001 when many Marathi-medium schools mushroomed across the city. However,teachers from many of these schools have been protesting over the years to remove the permanently non-grant clause for their schools.
Taking note of this,the state government has initiated an assessment process which will bring close to 4,000 schools under the scanner.
G K Mhemane,joint director,secondary education,said the assessment will be on a total of 100 marks.
General schools will have to score 70 and tribal sub-plans will need 65 marks to qualify for the grants. The schools will be judged on their educational merit,infrastructural facilities,counselling centres,social development programmes,co-curricular activities and initiatives like eco-friendly activities,rain-water harvesting and water recycling, said Mhemane.
Educational merit will hold maximum marks (50) and schools will have to score a minimum of 37.5 to qualify for the grant. A committee which will comprise the district education officer (EO),district EO,block EO,officers nominated by district collector and chief executive officer,principal of zilla parishad school,three representatives of parents teachers association and one from an NGO will inspect the schools that will be shortlisted for the grant.
Close to 4,000 schools across the state will be able to apply for the grant. The application forms have been uploaded on the http://www.mhdoesecondary.com