The state government is all set to kick-start its own Secondary School Certificate-I or SSC International board schools by February 2018. The state’s school education and sports departments issued a government resolution (GR) Thursday with guidelines on how the 100 international schools will be setup in the state.DNA was first to report that the medium of instruction at these SSC International board schools will be Marathi in Maharashtra, and will soon start other regional languages in the state as well.The state government has decided that nine international schools will guide the other international schools in their areas. The regions where the schools will open are Konkan, rural areas of Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Amravati and Nagpur. The GR states that one school from municipal corporations, two schools from rural district areas and two from social welfare departments will be chosen for the international school status.The selection of schools and teachers will take place in December this year. There will be a workshop on the selection of schools, principals and teachers. From March 2021 and March 2022, the 100 schools will prepare for Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).The criteria for schools to bag the international status include having the best school infrastructure, facilities for increasing the number of students in school, separate toilets for girl and boy students, internet and technological facilities, clean premises, adequate transportation for students and a school management committee.GOING GLOBALNine international schools will guide the other international schools in their areas. The schools will open in Konkan, rural areas of Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Amravati and Nagpur
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