A majority of the participants, including members of various NGOs, school managements and parents, who took part in the workshop on the Right to Education (RTE) Act unanimously recommended that the upper limit for the income criteria under the RTE quota should be reduced from Rs. 3.5 lakh to Rs. 1 lakh a year, said H.R. Umesh Aradhya, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR).
These were one of the recommendations made at a discussion and workshop here on Saturday. Participants pointed out that there was a need for various departments such as the Education, Labour, Police and Social Welfare to work collectively for successful implementation.
Another suggestion was increased supervision in private unaided schools to ensure that the 25 per cent quota for economically weaker sections was adhered to and that all Education Department circulars in this connection be issued in consultation with the KSCPCR. The reports will be consolidated and sent to the High Court and the Education Department for future course of action.
Earlier, at the inaugural, Karnataka High Court judge Hulvadi G. Ramesh pointed out that certain grey areas in the RTE Act had to be addressed.