PUNE: The Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) has accused the government of trying to drive the Marathi language out of the State’s education scene, by targeting government-run Marathi medium schools in the name of quality of education and less number of students in schools.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is planning a state-wide protest to address the issue soon.
Speaking to media, Ajay Shinde, city President, MNS, said, “The State government’s education policies seem like they are attacking the Marathi medium schools, to give way to private English medium schools. Although the decision to shut down schools is not meant for Marathi schools alone, a maximum number of Marathi schools would be affected by it.”
A total of 76 Marathi medium schools in Pune district will be shut because of 10 or less number of students.
Talking about the government’s claim of improving the quality of education by shutting down schools, Shinde further said, “Maintaining the standard of education is the government’s job, and shutting down schools with less number of students is not the solution to the problem. The government is forgetting that ensuring that all the children go to school is also its responsibility.”
Shinde also condemned the government’s decision to permit companies to open schools. “Corporates would look at education just as any other business and they would not run the schools like the education societies do. If they invade the education sector, it would be totally commercialised, leaving no school for the economically backward children. Also, the urban and semi-urban areas would be the epicentres of education, and rural areas will be neglected.”
MNS leaders are now contacting Marathi authors, literary scholars to plan a state-wide protest to save the Marathi schools.