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National Convention to Monitor the Progress of RTE Act Inaugurated

National Convention to Monitor the Progress of RTE Act Inaugurated Posted by: Adarsha Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10:11 [IST] Use ← → keys to browse more stories 0 National Convention to Monitor the Progress of RTE Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women & Child Development inaugurated a two-day National Convention on ‘Three Years of Completion of the (Right To Education) RTE Act" in New Delhi. Inaugurating the Convention Smt. Tirath said that the onus is on the Government to provide and ensure free and elementary education to all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. She further added that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and SCPCRs should monitor out-of-school children to facilitate their access and participation in the schooling system. This would include children who have never enrolled or have dropped out, children who are temporarily absent, and children who are permanent migrants or who migrate seasonally with their parents. Speaking on the occasion, Shri R. Bhattacharya, Secretary, Education and Literacy said that considerable progress has been made by the states and UTs with regard to meeting the standards given in the schedule of the RTE Act. He further said that most eligible habitations in the country are being provided with neighborhood schools, residential schools and transportation facilities to provide access to elementary education. He further went on to state that 98% of the habitation in this country have elementary schools within 1 km and 92% have upper primary schools within 3 km of their locations. Welcoming the delegates, Chairperson NCPCR Ms. Kushal Singh urged all the participants to come out with constructive ideas and participate in the discussions to make the Convention meaningful and successful. Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Country Representative, UNICEF and Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member, Planning Commission also spoke on the occasion. This Convention has been jointly organized by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and UNICEF. Around 300 participants associated with the implementation of RTE Act and other stakeholders from across the Country are attending the Convention.

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Govt mulling ‘national standards’ for schools’ performance Jan 14, 2014 #Brinda Swarup #India #Krishna Tirath #NCPCR #NewsTracker #Right to Education #Unicef inShare 0 CommentsEmailPrint New Delhi: With much of the success of Right to Education (RTE) Act hinging on the learning outcome, the government is contemplating to formulate 'national standards for schools' performance to keep students and parents well informed. "The initiative will bring out schools which are performing well and which are not doing that good so that parents are well informed," senior HRD Ministry official Brinda Swarup told a convention here. AFP AFP The move assumes significance in light of reports which suggest that learning outcome is still far from satisfactory in both primary and upper primary classes. The convention was organised by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and UNICEF to evaluate the progress of RTE after three years and the performance of the states especially after the three-year deadline to implement the infrastructure requirement came to an end on March 31, 2013. Inaugurating the meet, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath she said NCPCR and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights should also monitor out-of-school children to facilitate their access and participation in the schooling system. Swarup noted that though a lot has been achieved in meeting the RTE parameters, much more grounds need to be covered. She said that as against the target of 19.82 lakh teachers, 14.80 lakh have been recruited as of September 30, 2013. She said 90 per cent of the schools across the country have toilet facilities while 95 per cent have drinking water supply. Additional classrooms have been also been added. She in particular highlighted the role of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in implementing the 25 per cent reservation for students from the fringes of society in neighbourhood schools. During 2013-14, 2,08,731 primary schools and 1,59,731 upper primary schools were sanctioned, she said. On the key issue of redressal system for better implementation of the RTE mandate, she said 19 states have set up decentralised grievances redressal systems while 34 states have set up school management committees, notifying their roles and responsibilities. Secretary (School Education and Literacy) R Bhattacharya said 98 per cent of the habitation in the country have elementary schools as of today within 1 km and 92 per cent have upper primary schools within 3 km of their locations. PTI

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