Friday, April 19, 2013

Implement RTE Act effectively, State told

Implement RTE Act effectively, State told

Staff Correspondent
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Protest:Members of the Students’ Federation of India took out a rally in Dharwad on Wednesday.
Protest:Members of the Students’ Federation of India took out a rally in Dharwad on Wednesday.
The Dharwad district unit of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has urged the State government to initiate legal action against educational institutions that have failed to implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the State.
The members of SFI took out a protest rally and later held a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Wednesday. Students from different educational institutions took part in the protest.
Benefits denied
In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, the SFI claimed that according to estimates, nearly 1.22 lakh students should have been admitted to schools under RTE Act, but the total number of children who could actually gain admission did not cross 61,000.
Thus, more than 50 per cent of the target group had not benefited from the Act, according to them. “It appeared that officials and the ruling BJP politicians had joined hands with the managements of private educational institutions, who were reluctant to implement the RTE Act,” they alleged.
It was surprising that the State government had not initiated action against such institutions.
The protesters demanded that the State government ensure that the RTE Act was implemented effectively in the State, and that it revoke the permission given to educational institutions that have failed to implement the Act.
At the same time, the government should take steps to improve learning facilities, staff and infrastructure in government schools, the SFI said.
‘Revoke permission given to educational institutions that have failed to implement Act’

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