Thursday, April 18, 2013

Karnataka Edu Min asks Centre to share expenses of RTE

03 Aug 2012
The Karnataka state Primary and Secondary Education Minister Visvesvara Hegde Kageri has said that he will write to the centre to share the financial burden of implementing the provisions of the Act. He said that the state government is implementing the Act by way of reimbursement of fees to school management which admit underprivileged students. The expenditure would cross Rs 1,000 crore next year and increase by the year.
The Minister informed in the Legislative Assembly that the government will be writing to the Centre to amend the RTE (Right to Education) Act to extend the provision of free and compulsory education up to the age of 18 years, up to pre-university level.  The present age prescribed under RTE is 6-14 years.
The Minister admitted the delay in implantation of the Act and credited it to communication gap between the government and private schools and assured the house that from next year onwards, the rule will be strictly followed.
He said that 50,000 students have been benefitted under the RTE Act while one lakh students have been identified. Kageri also warned that stern action would be initiated against private managements who refuse to implement RTE Act or discriminate students admitted under it and action will be taken as per the law it the Act has been violated.
[Source: Deccan Herald]

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