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JK mulling to adopt Right to Education Act in totality

JK mulling to adopt Right to Education Act in totality

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Nov 26: The central act, Right to Education (RTE), may be adopted in totality by the Jammu and Kashmir Government with prime focus on regulation of private schools and providing schools within the shortest possible distance to enable each and every child to have access to primary education.
 “The prime focus of the government is to regulate the private schools regarding their fee structure, infrastructure, staff salary and other facilities being provided to the students,” sources in the State Education department informed Greater Kashmir.
 They admitted that many private schools in the State do not have the required infrastructure and other facilities as needed under the Right to Education Act.  “They will be given some time to upgrade their infrastructure and make up for other facilities,” they said. 
  “Free and compulsory education up to 8th class, thrust on quality education, schools within the shortest possible distance, especially in far-flung areas and minimum rooms and teachers required for a school, are the other priority areas of the government,” sources said adding, “The government is also mulling to engage trained teachers only after a particular time”.      
 It may be mentioned that the state government had so far been studying the Right to Education Act with aim to incorporate its certain provisions to make the existing J&K State Education Act more stringent and effective.  “But now the same can be adopted in totality with added provisions,” sources informed, adding, “SRO 123 will also be superseded once the Right To Education is adopted in full.”
Delhi RTE forum unhappy over missing plans on education in manifestos
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:04 AM, IANS
Members of civil society working in the field of education Monday expressed dismay over the failure of political parties in Delhi to have a plan for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act in their manifestos.
"Since the implementation of the Act in 2009, the government had asked for three years' time, but now after three years none of the political parties have a greater reflection of RTE implementation in any of their political manifesto," said Annie Nammala, state convenor of the Delhi RTE forum.
The RTE forum also carried out a campaign Nov 11-26, where they collected one lakh votes from 70 villages and 30 public places as tokenism.
Civil society members and various stakeholders highlighted the gaps in the implementation of the RTE Act and demanded education to be treated as a political issue.
"In Delhi, we require 20,000 teachers in government schools so that the ratio can be corrected to 1:35. The government had also promised that by 2015 contractual workers will be made permanent but there is still no institutional roadmap in this regard," said Ambarish Rai, national convenor of the RTE forum.
"This is for the government schools but then there is also a need for regularisation of private schools," added Rai.
Throughout the campaign, the forum also collected data which highlighted the complete absence of school management committees (SMC) in schools around Delhi and absence of "bridge course" which is an essential part of the RTE.
Rajni, an SMC member in a school in Trilokpuri, said: "There are only a few schools which have SMC but that too is not functional. The power of the SMC needs to be defined and a grievance redressal mechanism should also be developed."
There are 2,71,000 school dropouts in Delhi, according to the Delhi government.
"There is a need to extend the RTE Act to all children from age three to 18 to provide equity and equal opportunity of education," said Bharat Singh, another convenor of the RTE forum
- See more at: http://www.ummid.com/news/2013/December/03.12.2013/civil-society-on-education.html#sthash.aL3IRggM.dpuf
Delhi RTE forum unhappy over missing plans on education in manifestos
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:04 AM, IANS
Members of civil society working in the field of education Monday expressed dismay over the failure of political parties in Delhi to have a plan for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act in their manifestos.
"Since the implementation of the Act in 2009, the government had asked for three years' time, but now after three years none of the political parties have a greater reflection of RTE implementation in any of their political manifesto," said Annie Nammala, state convenor of the Delhi RTE forum.
The RTE forum also carried out a campaign Nov 11-26, where they collected one lakh votes from 70 villages and 30 public places as tokenism.
Civil society members and various stakeholders highlighted the gaps in the implementation of the RTE Act and demanded education to be treated as a political issue.
"In Delhi, we require 20,000 teachers in government schools so that the ratio can be corrected to 1:35. The government had also promised that by 2015 contractual workers will be made permanent but there is still no institutional roadmap in this regard," said Ambarish Rai, national convenor of the RTE forum.
"This is for the government schools but then there is also a need for regularisation of private schools," added Rai.
Throughout the campaign, the forum also collected data which highlighted the complete absence of school management committees (SMC) in schools around Delhi and absence of "bridge course" which is an essential part of the RTE.
Rajni, an SMC member in a school in Trilokpuri, said: "There are only a few schools which have SMC but that too is not functional. The power of the SMC needs to be defined and a grievance redressal mechanism should also be developed."
There are 2,71,000 school dropouts in Delhi, according to the Delhi government.
"There is a need to extend the RTE Act to all children from age three to 18 to provide equity and equal opportunity of education," said Bharat Singh, another convenor of the RTE forum
- See more at: http://www.ummid.com/news/2013/December/03.12.2013/civil-society-on-education.html#sthash.aL3IRggM.dpuf

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