May 6, 2009 4:14:43 am
In a bid to consider the views of pre-school management on regularisation of balwadis or pre-schools in the state,the government has asked joint directors of education to hold meetings at eight divisional centres viz. Aurangabad,Nasik,Latur,Kolhapur,Amravati,Pune,Mumbai and Nagpur.
The government has asked us to hold meeting with representatives of pre-schools at these centres before May 15, said D M Patil,deputy director (primary education).
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Participants of these meetings will discuss an eight-point agenda for framing the policy about regularisation of pre-schools. This includes need of government recognition to pre-schools,nature or regularisation (autonomy or not),ideal teacher-student ratio,age limit for children in pre-schools,eligibility of teachers in pre-schools,admission process and fee structure.
We have lined up the meetings till May 13 after which we will compile the recommendations and get it approved by a core group of parents and teachers, said D S Jagtap,acting director (primary education).
A similar meeting was held in Pune on April 20,which was attended by around 150 teachers and pre-school management from in and around the city. We had forwarded the recommendations from this meeting to the minister. Similarly,recommendation from regional meetings will be forwarded to the minister by this month end, Jagtap said. The next regional level meeting in Pune is scheduled on May 11.
Manjiri Jagtap,principal of Little Angels pre primary school on Sinhgad road said that it is a welcome move from the part of the government,as long as the process is not delayed.
While it is important to take inputs from representatives of balwadis in rural areas,it is also important that the government speeds up the process, she said.
Although the exact number of pre-schools is not available,it is estimated that there are around 90,000 balwadis functioning in the state.
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