English medium education for ST Students in Maharashtra

With an aim to get more and more students belonging to Scheduled Tribes (ST) on par with others students studying in schools located in urban areas, the Tribal Development Department (TDD) has increased the number of ST taking admission in top English-medium residential schools by 10 times. Hence, as many as 25,000 Scheduled Tribes (ST) students are expected to enroll in English-medium schools in urban areas of Maharashtra – as per the Government Resolution.

There is a huge potential among tribal children and Maharashtra government has been constantly promoting their talents in the fields of art, culture, sports and education. In academic year 2015-16, just 2500 ST students enrolled in English-medium residential schools in various towns of Maharashtra. For academic year 2016-17, the state plans to enroll as many as 25,000 tribal students from Classes I to V. About 153 English-medium residential schools have already been shortlisted by the state government for this scheme and it would bear all expenses for education of the children based on the facilities provided by the school — including school fees, uniform, books and hostel.

The state government will soon form two-member committees in all districts, so as to keep a check over the facilities provided to the enrolled ST children at these residential schools. The scheme is not just about getting these tribal students enrolled to reputed English-medium schools but the government also aims to ensure that these students settle down conveniently and get the benefit of all the facilities.

These committees are expected to visit the residential schools once a year and after conducting an inquiry on implementation of the scheme, submit a report to the Tribal development department.

Two-member committees will comprise of the Divisional officer of the concerned revenue department. It would be formed in all districts to monitor the implementation of this scheme. The Additional commissioner of Tribal development department will visit schools in all the districts to check how these students are treated by the staff, whether they are subjected to discrimination, facilities provided to them at the school.

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