Friday, May 17, 2013

New report finds India's schools failing to meet standards set by Right to Education Act

New report finds India's schools failing to meet standards set by Right to Education Act

By Rupinder Kaur
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Three years after the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was enforced, the Centre and state governments still have a long way to go.
Even after allotting additional government resources, sanctioning infrastructural facilities and bringing about administrative changes, many schools in the country have failed to accomplish the basic standards laid down under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
According to the status report of 2,191 schools across 17 states released by the RTE Forum on Wednesday, 12 lakh teaching posts are still vacant and around five lakh in-service teachers require training. Bihar is making do with around 50 per cent para-teachers many of whom have not been hired through the prescribed selection process because of a lack of trained teachers.
Many schools have failed to achieve the most basic standards under the RTE Act
Many schools have failed to achieve the most basic standards under the RTE Act
A primary school is required to function for at least 200 days in a year and upper primary for 220 days in accordance with the RTE Act norms but 89 primary and 228 upper primary schools have functioned less than the working days set for them in the 17 states that were surveyed.
To encourage and teach children belonging to the CWSN (children with special needs) category, specialised educators and counsellors are required but more than half of these schools still do not have these educators or counsellors or even assistive devices.
 
These children from the disadvantaged groups are often discriminated by their peers and the teachers.
Prof Krishna Kumar, while speaking at the National Stocktaking Convention said: "An English medium school in Karnataka had given these children haircuts so that they could be easily identified".
Ambrish Rai, convener of the RTE Forum, said PM Manmohan Singh should take the initiative of bringing together the chief ministers of all the states to plan and implement the provisions of the Act.
"Whatever money is required to implement plans at the grassroot level should be provided by the government. Even though the budget allocated to them has increased around seven per cent, the inflation rate is higher," he added.

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