Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hide the cane,kids loaded with RTE ammo

Hide the cane,kids loaded with RTE ammo

Garima Prasher TNN

Bangalore: Ten-year-old Shrishti (name changed) of a Bangalore school gave a blank look when she was told that her teacher could be penalized for punishing her.A blank look because such a move was unthinkable for children of her age.
Corporal punishment is banned in all schools under the Right to Education Act (RTE).But do the children know it Also,do they know free elementary education is their right Are these kids aware they cannot be detained in a class anymore A10-year-old may not have even the faintest idea of the student-friendly RTE regulations.
Heres an attempt to teach them the ABC of RTE.Children are the primary right holders in RTE implementation.There have been several efforts for RTEs effective implementation,but most of these are adult centric and do not provide enough space for children, said V P Niranjanaradhya,fellow,Centre for Child and the Law,National Law School of India University (NLSIU).
The childrens vigilance committee for the implementation of RTE Act is expected to bridge the gap.A model programme introduced in Ramanagaram districts Dannikuppe panchayat mobilizes children and prepares them to stand up for their rights.An executive committee was constituted on Saturday with two representatives from each school,totalling up to 30 members.The executive committee will elect the vigilant committee.
Both committees will comprise children from class V,VII and VIII.The executive committee will meet once a month,and the vigilant committee every fortnight.The committees can take the childrens problems to the School Development and Monitoring Committee and the panchayat, Niranjan said.It will be a system of the children,for the children and by the children.
The programmes outcome will be observed for the next three months.Depending on its success,the programme will be introduced later at all 33 panchayats in the area.We are providing a model mechanism for the government to ensure a fruitful RTE Act.If replicated well,this will help in achieving better results, Niranjan said.

Kids are the primary right holders


Children are the primary right holders in RTE implementation.There have been several efforts for RTE's effective implementation,but most of these are adult centric and do not provide enough space for children.

VP Niranjanaradhya | FELLOW,CENTRE FOR CHILD AND THE LAW,NLSIU

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