In what can be called as a great step to improve the quality of education in the state, the Maharashtra government has on December 21 decided to open 100 international schools to provide the best education to students.

“The decision to open 100 international schools is to provide a platform to children who cannot afford similar education in private schools,” School Education Minister Vinod Tawde said while announcing the decision in the state Assembly session in Nagpur.

The decision from the state government came after it adopted the amendment in the Maharashtra Self Financed Schools (Establishment and Regulation) Act which would allow private companies and the corporate sector to open schools on no-profit-no-loss basis.

“Even today, private players have made inroads in school education. We have only simplified the process,” Tawde said.

“The interest of students, including fee regulation, would be protected and state language Marathi would be promoted in these schools,” he added.

According to media reports, the school education department had created a separate cell for international education within the Maharashtra state board.

“The aim of introducing international curriculum is to give the students a new approach that will provide creative and critical thinking and better communication skills,” an official from the department of education was quoted as saying by a news agency.

“It will be more research-oriented that will boost the thinking capacity of the students and let them widen their skills,” he added.

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