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Odisha: Media can push the RTE implementation process forward

Odisha: Media can push the RTE implementation process forward
Wednesday, June 27, 2012  

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Report by Kishore Dash & Deba Prasad Dash; Bhubaneswar: Print, electronic and social networking media can put the Right to Education (RTE) Act on the track in absence of a befitting enforcing mechanism to carry the implementation process forward, said distinguished panelist and senior journalist in unison while participating at the day one of the State level Media-Civil society consultation on RTE here today.

The fourth pillar in this regard owes a greater responsibility not only in highlighting the grievances and violation of the Act at the grassroots but also giving fair coverage to best practices and model exercises going on in Govt. school across the state by which deserving and spirited teachers could be encouraged and motivated for excellence in the face increasing privatization of education.
After the implementation of the RCFCE- 2009, the media has been proactive in highlighting the major issues and challenges to the implementation of the RTE act in different parts of the state. However there is a greater need of further strengthening this process in terms of creating more awareness and generating more clarity about different important aspects of this Act amongst the media circle for the effective implementation of the Act in letter and spirit, they said.
Attended by more than 60 journalists across the state from different district, the consultation in detail discussed about different important component of the Act including the Central model rule, State 25% reservation in private school, addressing marginalized children including tribals, disable, minority and migrating children, community participation and School management Committee role, budget provisioning for RTE etc.

The programme was organized by Sikshasandhan in collaboration with Odisha RTE Forum and Focus Odisha, the consultation facilitated active engagement amongst journalist regarding major issues and challenges to the act in the field, as it is already more than two years since the act was notified and nothing substantial has happened in the field. The appalling story of marginalization, discrimination and abuse cited by media friends set the tone of deliberation in the consultation, which focused upon the entitlement of every children under the RCFCE Act 2009 as a ramification of the famous Unikrishanan judgement by the apex court of India  and the 86th constitutional amendment of the constitution.

Amongest others who participated in the day one of the consultation included Dr. Mohit Mohan Mohanty,  Mr. Umi Daniel, Ms Survi Srivastav,  Ms.Sneha Mishra, Mr. Khuturam Sunani,Mr.Sudhakar Pattanaik, Mr. Santosh Mohapatra , Mr Umashankar Kar etc. Mr. Sudarshan Chhotaraya, convener Focus Odisha gave the welcome address and Mr. Anil Pradhan, member Secretary Sikshasandhan gave the key note address and aims and objective of the two day consultation.

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