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Government rejects report on RTE children

Government rejects report on RTE children

Published: 26th April 2013 12:03 PM
Last Updated: 26th April 2013 12:03 PM
The State government on Thursday submitted before the High Court that the latest data and figures of children who are still not enjoying the fundamental right to eduction, needs to be gathered.
The submission was made after the court took suo motu congnizance of a media report stating that Right to Education (RTE) Act is not reaching the poor and there are 54,000 students not covered under it.
Additional Advocate General Sajan Poovaiah submitted that the state will launch incentive schemes to ensure continuous attendance of children in schools and also devise ways to disseminate information so that more parents, particularly the weaker section of the society and migrants of the state, can benefit from RTE.
A committee may be constituted under the chairmanship of the secretary to the Eduction Department to draw up a list of beneficiaries with the help of local schools, NGOs. The committee will also review efforts by other departments to enlist children who are yet to avail RTE, Poovaiah said.
He said all schools must ensure immediate requirements of infrastructure, including proper school building, learning equipment, clean drinking water and separate toilets for girls and boys so as to meet the standards prescribed under RTE Act.
Poovaiah refused to accept that there are still 54,000 students not covered under RTE. “There were 10.2 lakh children in the age group of 7-14 who had dropped out of school in 2001 in the state. In 2012, the number reduced to 51,000 of which 28,000 were brought back and just around 22,000 children remain”, he contended. A Division bench, headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela directed the government to have more consultations on the issue and adjourned the petition to June 12.

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