State seeks your feed­back on new syl­labus for Class 8, 10 ‘Is­sue li­cences to dance bars as per old rules’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­ HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

New syl­labi and text­books will be in­tro­duced for Class 8 and Class 10 of the Maharashtra state board from the aca­demic year, 2018-19, a year af­ter Classes 7 and 9 get a re­vised cur­ricu­lum.

The syl­labi will be based on the re­vised cur­ricu­lum frame­work 2016, which has been re­cently de­vel­oped by the school ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment and its draft is now open for feed­back from ed­u­ca­tors and par­ents.

Text­books for all classes from A vil­lager near Gur­gaon caught a leopard by the scruff of its neck and oth­ers beat it to death on Thurs­day af­ter the an­i­mal ran loose on the streets of the lo­cal­ity, trig­ger­ing panic. 7 to 10 are be­ing up­graded in a phased man­ner. HT re­ported on Oc­to­ber 26 that syl­labus for Classes 7 and 9 will change from the com­ing aca­demic year, 2017-18.

These changes have been made fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to keep one com­mon aca­demic body for all classes. As of now, the MSCERT and Balb­harti are re­spon­si­ble for syl­labus and text­books of Classes 1 to 8, while Classes 9 and 10 are un­der the Maharashtra State Board of Sec­ondary and Higher Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (MSBSHSE). “Hav­ing a sin­gle en­tity to look af­ter the aca­demics of all the classes will bring in con­ti­nu­ity and uni­for­mity in the syl­labus and its ob­jec­tives. This is cur­rently lack­ing be­cause each an or­gan­i­sa­tion has its own goals,” said Gan­gad­har Mhamane, chair­per­son of the MSBSHSE.

The Supreme Court di­rected the state on Thurs­day to is­sue li­cences to dance bars un­der the old rules framed in 2014. The state gov­ern­ment said it would fol­low the or­ders, but the bars will have to com­ply with all the rules. Dance bar own­ers said they could start busi­ness in 10 days once they were is­sued li­cences by the gov­ern­ment.

Dance bar own­ers have chal­lenged the ban im­posed by the state gov­ern­ment on the bars in 2015 in the Supreme Court.

The state home de­part­ment has al­ready re­ceived as many as 38 ap­pli­ca­tions from bar own­ers in Mum­bai for per­mis­sion to op­er­ate dance bars. But the gov­ern­ment is likely to in­sist on com­pli­ance of all the 26 norms un­der the 2014 rules. The norms in­clude in­stalling CCTV cam­eras out­side bars, com­pli­ance of fire safety norms, main­tain­ing a dis­tance be­tween the dancers and pa­trons, among oth­ers.


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