Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday scrapped the recently proposed education policy by the education department, calling it “completely wrong”.
State principal secretary of school education Nandkumar confirmed this decision of the government.
“The policy was demanding regular school hours to be pushed from six to eight hours every day, which is unfair to children. And this was just one of the concerns,” said MLC Kapil Patil.
Patil had, on Tuesday, written to Fadnavis about the same problem and requested that Fadnavis look into the policy before it was implemented. School principals had already expressed their displeasure at the various changes being proposed in the policy.
This draft policy, which was released earlier this week, also looked into other proposed changes including introducing vocational training as part of regular education, extension of free and compulsory education till class X, community participation in monitoring mid-day meal scheme, allowing schools to experiment with 20% of the syllabus to introduce new teaching modules, etc.
While some of the issues covered in the new draft were interesting, Patil added that the change in school work hours, choice of language of teaching in rural schools, etc, were the problematic issues.