The MSCE, Maharashtra State Council of Education has decided to come up with a plan that will help in encouraging students to take part in middle school and high school scholarship examinations.
Such exams have always favored the students from Marathi division but the English medium schools have never participated in such scholarship examinations in considerable numbers.
Recently, the English medium schools were seen blaming the state education department for discrimination. They blamed the department for the guidance booklet that was released by them. According to English medium schools, the guidance book was released only in one language and this is Marathi. Students from English medium schools also appear for these examinations. The authorities of the MSCE have said that they will not prepare the booklet in any other language which has raised eyebrows. This also shows there is a lack of concern towards the English medium students.
New Commissioner of the exam council, Sukhdeo Dere, said, “Lack of awareness is the reason for many students from English medium schools for not turning up for these exams. Hence, we have decided that every school should tell its students about the exam and the benefits a selected student gets from the government.” In the scholarship examination that was conducted in the year 2014-15, out of the total 6.66 lakh students who participated, only 13,250 students were from English medium schools while in standard IV, of the total 9.27 lakh students, only 21,685 students belonged to the English medium schools.
Now the duty has been assigned to both block education officer and the education officer. Dere said, “There are eight regions in the state. We have already held meetings of six regions and will be taking meetings with officials from the remaining two regions – Amravati and Nagpur. We have told them to create awareness about the exams in their regions by organizing a meeting of principals and the authorities.’
Dere further added, “The students of other boards should also appear for the examination. They can appear but they will not get the scholarship money as it is only for state board students. But parents should send their wards for such exams as they will get an idea about preparations and appear for competitive exams.”