“In the first phase, 50 government-run run ashram shalas will be converted into English medium schools and the admission will be given for Standard I.
“The admission will also be given to students from Standard VI during the academic session 2019-20,” he added.
The government has decided to rope in qualified teachers from reputed private schools for the purpose, Mr Uikey said.
The Tribal Development Department runs 502 ashram shalas where tribal students get education in Marathi medium as per the curriculum prescribed by the Maharashtra State Education Board.
Ashram shalas having better infrastructure such as buildings, hostels, electricity, playgrounds, libraries, laboratories and computer centres, among others, will be considered for English switchover, the minister said.