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The #RightToEducationAct makes it the govt’s responsibility to ensure the primary education of each child,irrespective of caste,class &religion. But in #Maharashtra,children from marginalized communities face increasing hurdles in accessing #education. #MaharashtraElections2019👇
In #Amravati,@Dev_Fadnavis's govt not only refused to recognise a school started by a Phanse Pardhi teacher for kids from his long-stigmatised & impoverished community, but demolished it to build a "prosperity highway", leaving them anxious & uncertain. bit.ly/35HBydX
Meanwhile, as #schools are being demolished to build prosperity highways,elsewhere in #Maharashtra, 8y.o. Yash Mahalunge from an isolated hamlet in Shahapur taluka has to risk his life everyday to attend school after the only bridge here collapsed in 2005. bit.ly/2BnZp4b
Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools offer free education & most of the 4.6 million students here are from families of farmers & agricultural labourers, many from Dalit and Adivasi communities, who can't afford pvt schooling. Btw 2014-18, the #Maharashtra govt shut down 654 such #schools.
This information was revealed in an #RTI inquiry filed by @parthpunter. This shutdown of ZP schools affected thousands of children who now had to walk to far off schools,pay fees they can't afford or drop out without an #education. bit.ly/2J2mrSu
Not only is the #Maharashtra govt shutting down ZP #schools, it is also compromising the quality of #education of children from marginalised communities further by loading their #teachers with so much non academic work, there is little time left to teach.bit.ly/2JjCqvR
The #MidDayMeal for kids in Zilla Parishad schools lessens the load on many BPL families subsisting on limited rations. But #Maharashtra govt's funds for these meals are insufficient & delayed, & salaries for meal workers are meagre. bit.ly/2qup5tZ
In 2008,the amt. allotted for school education was 18% of Maharashtra govt's state expenditure. By 2019,it was down to 12.68%. These budget cuts mean poor students & teachers in Zilla Parishad schools are struggling in the face of crumbling infrastructure. bit.ly/2MUI8VL
Do read these reports by @parthpunter & @jyotishinoli that highlight why the declining condition of public #education in the state should concern everyone contesting & voting in the #MaharashtraAssemblyPolls.@ameytirodkar @alka_MIRROR @rajuparulekar @sardesairajdeep @waglenikhil
@Su4ita Thought these reports on the deteriorating nature of Maharashtra's public education system might interest you!
@parthpunter @jyotishinoli @ameytirodkar @alka_MIRROR @rajuparulekar @sardesairajdeep @waglenikhil @kunalkamra88 We hope these reports catch your attention. We really need admirable, mindful citizens like you to bring these report into mainstream conversations.
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