Mumbai: Students of the 13 Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools of the state can now study international curriculum in state-run schools. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated these 13 schools under the new Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB) on Tuesday and named them ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools’. Fadnavis said that these schools have been named after the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Vajpayee always insisted on providing education of international standards in rural India.
Fadnavis claimed these schools will provide international standards of education under state board to students of rural areas. He added, “Through this board we aim to provide international board to students who are studying in ZP schools in rural pockets of Maharashtra. We want students to get an opportunity to study a different level of education under the state board plan.”
These schools will have an international curriculum which will focus on interactive learning, life skills, experimental learning, self reliance, self sufficiency, regional languages including English and knowledge based studies. The curriculum is being formulated by a committee of education experts who are working with the state education department. It will focus on attitude, knowledge, application, skills and habit and will be established from Anganwadi (kindergarten) till Class 3 level in these schools.
Vinod Tawde, state education minister of school and higher secondary education claimed this board will aim to go from Local to Global and Known to Unknown. Tawde said, “We will focus on keeping the curriculum local so that students of rural areas can connect to it but we will also add international standards wherein students can learn new things.” Around 100 schools will be added to this MIEB based on the performance and progress of these 13 ZP schools.