100 government schools to get ‘international’ status
The Maharashtra government has decided to convert 100 municipal and government-run schools into ‘international’ schools, in what could be termed as one of the most ambitious schemes in the public education sector. The development aims to bring government school students at par with international education benchmarks. The state-run international schools are set to be launched in June 2017. The schools will continue to offer education in vernacular/English medium. Institutions run by Tribal Development and Social Justice Departments will also be included in this scheme. An expert committee headed by school education commissioner is currently shortlisting the schools. The school education department has created a separate cell for international education within the Maharashtra state board. It is also hiring consultants from Cambridge University to chalk out a world-class curriculum, plan a teachers’ training program and develop support structures for the chosen schools.