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NCPCR seeks inquiry into non-availability of books in schools

NCPCR seeks inquiry into non-availability of books in schools

TNN Jul 8, 2012, 05.30AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, (NCPCR), the monitoring agency for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE Act, 2009) at the national level, has sought inquiry into non-availability of books in the state-run public schools.
In a letter sent to NCPCR, the state unit has recommended an inquiry into the issue.
"We have sought a probe from the national commission into the alleged negligence of the state government (human resources department) into the issue of non-availability of books even after four months into the session)," said NCPCR state representative, Ganesh Reddy.

Expressing disappointment over non-implementation of RTE guidelines in private and public schools the NCPCR representative said its unfortunate but, at the same time urged upon the government to abide by the RTE guidelines.
"By and large the impression is that RTE Act has not been realized properly in the state and I hold the state government largely responsible for the current situation," said Reddy who is on a visit to the district to hold interaction with RTE activists. Talking to the press at the local circuit house, Reddy said soon the government will hold siksha samvad (dialogue with all stake holders in the field of education) at the panchayat and block levels to address doubts regarding RTE and its implementation.
"RTE is not merely about ensuring free and compulsory education to the economically and socially deprived people but also about sound school infrastructure, efficient running of mid-day-meal scheme and providing hygienic school environment," said Reddy referring to the points where the HRD department in the state has failed to perform at par with expectations.
Taking a strong view of the private unaided English schools that have refused to entertain economically poor children on one pretext or the other, Reddy said: "It just reflects the attitude of these schools towards the under privileged sections of the society."

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