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Maharashtra teachers oppose appointment of other board experts on children’s day panel – education

Several teachers in Maharashtra have opposed the decision of the state education department to appoint non-state public school teachers to the selection committee for competitions organized as part of Children’s Day celebrations.

Before Children’s Day on November 14, the state department of education has asked Maharahtra schools to celebrate Children’s Week between November 8 and 14.

As part of the initiative, schools are required to carry out various activities and upload photos of the celebrations held online. During the week, schools will organize various contests for essay writing, elocution, video making, etc. for students. The education department has also announced awards in each category for students between Classes 1 and 12.

According to the circular issued by the department on October 30, the selection committee for the awards ceremony in these contests must be made up of teachers and principals from CBSE, ICSE or IB schools.

Angered by the circular, the teachers’ associations have written to the department to withdraw the rule. “It is really unfair that to judge competitions in which students from the state board will participate, the department needs experts from other boards. There are almost five lakhs of teachers in Marathi schools across the state and this is an insult to all of them, ”said Anil Bornare of BJP Teachers’ Cell.

Education department officials did not respond to calls and messages.

Experts have now demanded an immediate withdrawal from the rule. “Instead, the department should appoint teachers from state schools,” said the principal of a school in Pune.

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