Accusing all the major political parties of failing to include “effective implementation of the Right to Education Act in Delhi” in their manifestos for the upcoming December 4 Assembly elections, the Delhi Right To Education Forum (Delhi RTE Forum) has noted that “almost nothing has been done to introduce strategies to improve quality of education offered in the city schools”.
Speaking at a press conference here on Monday the city-based education forum convener Annie Nammala said: “The city schools are facing a large-scale violation of the Right to Education Act including lack of teachers, classrooms, inadequate pupil teacher ratio, existence of corporal punishment, complete absence of strong functional School Management Committee (SMC) and lack of awareness about the Act.”
Stating that parents are not satisfied with the quality of education being provided in the schools, she added: “The Congress’ claim of Delhi rated as the best in the implementation of RTE Act only shows how it is being abused both in the State and at the national level.”
The Forum also noted that party manifestos are silent about setting up School Management Committees (SMCs) and providing adequate budgets for the schools to effectively implement RTE. Demanding the proper implementation of the RTE ACT and expanding its scope to include children from three to 18 years, the Forum said special attention needs to be paid to migrant, SC, ST children, Muslim children, children with disability, those engaged in rag-picking and children whose parents are engaged in stigmatised occupations.
“Issues surrounding discrimination and corporal punishment in schools have to be addressed immediately and the private sector in education needs to be regulated with respect to recognition process, fee structures and curriculum,” noted Saurabh Sharma of the Forum. “The distance criteria of 1 km for admission under 25 per cent reservation needs to be removed and the Laadli Scheme should be extended to all girls regardless of their birthplace,” said another Forum convener, Bharat Singh.
“City schools are facing a large-scale violation of
the Right to Education Act”