As per the new school registration system announced by the Maharashtra government in January 2017, the new system will be mandatory for all new registered schools.
It is the first time in the country where schools will be required to register their registers online and the government has not yet set a deadline for it to be implemented.
“All new registered primary schools will have to be registered on the basis of a new system.
For every school registered with the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education (MSBSE) the system will have an online system,” the government had said in its announcement.
This is the third time that the government of Maharashtra has mandated the online system for all schools in the state.
In July 2017, it had also announced that a pilot project for online registration of schools would be launched by the department of education (Deo).
This pilot project has already been implemented in six schools in Sion and four schools in Malad district in the city of Gandhinagar.
But for the next two years, the Maharashtra Government has been working on the implementation of a mandatory online system.
According to the latest official figures, 1,05,823 children in the State registered their schools online during the year 2017-18.
The state’s education department has reported that there were 7,958,816 children registered on March 31, 2018.
This has a total enrolment of 3,749,846 children.
According the data of the National Child Drop-out Monitoring Survey, as per the National Centre for Education Statistics, in 2017-19, there were 11,921,932 children in primary schools in Maharashtra, while in 2018-19 the state had the second highest number of primary schools (18,854,927) after Madhya Pradesh.
Among the states, Maharashtra is one of the few that have no school register system at all.
In fact, according to the State Child Dropout Monitoring Surveys (SCMD), which is the primary indicator used by the government, the state has no school dropout data for the entire year.
In 2017-2018, the SCMD had reported that out of the 10,894,935 children in education, out of them 4,835,874 (62.1 per cent) were registered as primary school students.
But this year, according the SCBD data, the number of students registered as secondary school students has jumped to 6,769,856 (70.7 per cent).
“This is a huge change in the registration system for schools.
We have already seen this before with the introduction of online registration in 2011.
But we have seen no change in registration of primary school schools in any state in India,” said N P Vashisht, a professor of Sociology and Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
He said that the change in school registration was a result of the government’s decision to introduce a national curriculum in primary and secondary schools.
“In a nationalised education system, the states should be responsible for the maintenance of the national curriculum.
In the age of digitalisation, schools are now in charge of maintaining the national standard of teaching.
This change is the only way that the state can be accountable for the welfare of students and the children,” said Vashisth.
According, the government would also like to ensure that all primary schools have an electronic register of students enrolled.
“The government has stated that it wants to have a uniform online registration system.
This will be done by the end of this year.
This should be done through the Centre for Development of Primary Education, and we will be monitoring this.
If the government follows this plan, it will be very beneficial for the children.
The government is committed to ensuring the welfare and security of children.
We are also looking to ensure the registration of all schools across the state by 2017-20,” said a senior official from the Maharashtra state education department.
The education department also wants to ensure transparency in the implementation.
It has also set a target to have the online registration process in all the primary schools of Maharashtra by September 2018.