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'NCLP schools have to follow RTE norms'

'NCLP schools have to follow RTE norms'

TNN Jun 26, 2012, 11.03PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Shantha Sinha on Tuesday said schools under the national child labour programme (NCLP) which are not following Right to Education guidelines are 'illegal' and should be closed down.
"If the NCLP schools run by the labour department do not have all facilities as per the right to education act, they are illegal and should be closed down. The labour department should rather give emphasis on implementation of the child labour prevention act," Sinha said, adding that children from Odisha are found working in dhabas, restaurants, brick kilns and various other sectors across the country.

Making a review of the implementation of RTE in the state, Sinha said the state government had agreed to open seasonal hostels or residential child care schools for children of migrating parents from next October. In a meeting with chief secretary B K Patnaik and other senior officers of the state government, Sinha discussed issues like implementation of RTE Act and social audit.
The review of the pilot programme on social audit of RTE, which has been started in 244 schools in 25 gram panchyats spreading over five blocks of Nuapada district, revealed that around 99 percent of the eligible children in theses gram panchayats have been enrolled in schools.

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