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State decides teacher-pupil ratio for primary schools

1:30 or 1:40 at the most for Classes I-V and 1:35 for Classes VI-VIII

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: January 9, 2014 4:55:42 pm

Schools across the state will now have a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:30 (or at the most 1:40) for lower primary (Classes I-V) and of 1:35 for upper primary (Classes VI-VIII) schools,as per a government resolution (GR) issued last week.

The decision has been taken in keeping with the enabling provisions of the RTE Act,which asks for a specific teacher-pupil ratio,and also the related Supreme Court verdict. According to government records,Maharashtra has nearly 1.63 crore students studying in 67,000 primary schools (from Classes I to VIII).

The latest GR,which will supersede all previous government orders pertaining to allotment of divisions in school and appointment of teacher,has said the state by and large has satisfactory teacher-pupil ratio at present in its schools.

The GR makes it clear that no teacher should be appointed for non-education work,as per Section 27 of the RTE Act.

The surplus teachers in schools complying with teacher-pupil ratio norms would be accommodated in other schools as per government rules. If needed,the primary director is expected to send medium-wise and district-wise requirements of teachers by December 31. But such proposals would be considered only after all surplus teachers get accommodated.

The stipulated teacher-pupil ratio is likely to pose difficulties before schools that are governed by local self-governing bodies,as they have relatively lower strength of students. Anticipating this,the government has said children from those civic schools that have strength less than 20 per cent of the allotted intake would be transferred to nearby schools. The process to this effect would start from 2014-15,said the GR.

The government has decided to prepare a master plan of such schools from where transfer of children to nearby schools could not be possible due to geographical barriers.

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