MIEB was started in 2018 to give the state an “international-level curriculum” of its own. Since then, 81 schools (60 zillah parishad schools and others aided), all Marathi medium, have affiliated with the board.
While 13 schools that were part of the pilot in 2018 will complete two academic years under the board, the other schools will complete one.
The first batch is expected to graduate to Class 5 next year. There are 25,310 students in MIEB schools in the state.
While scrapping the board, Gaikwad clarified that the schools will not get shut though the board would not exist. “Most of the schools are run by the government, and teachers get paid by the government. So schools will continue even in future with Maharashtra board syllabus,” said Gaikwad.
The issue was raised by Shiv Sena MLC Vilas Potnis through a calling attention motion in the legislative council. “There is no transparency and clarity about the MIEB syllabus. Who is behind the syllabus?” he asked, demanding that the board be scrapped. The state had earmarked Rs 10 crore for the board annually over 10 years.
Members from Congress, NCP and Sena supported Potnis. Hinting at BJP and RSS, independent MLC Kapil Patil said, “They wanted to push their ‘thought process’ via these schools. The government should stop this thought process.”