Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kashmir to soon have RTE: Minister

Kashmir to soon have RTE: Minister

India Blooms News Service

Jammu, Nov 18 (IBNS): Underscoring the need to provide free education to all children in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand on Monday said the state will soon have Right to Education in place and every child in the age group of four to fourteen years will have a right to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education.

He said the act is in the final stages of framing and encompasses provisions contained in Right to Education Act 2009 besides taking into account state specific recommendations as suggested by state level consultation forums.

“The education department is vigorously pursuing implementation of the right to education act in the state, the legislation is almost ready and the act would ensure compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education besides ensuring good quality education to all,” he added.

Tara Chand chaired a high level meeting of the education department to review the pace and progress of various projects being implemented in the state.

Minister of State School Education, Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Science & Technology and IT Feroz A. Khan also attended the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Director, RMSA, Director, SSA S.C. Sawhney, Additional Secretary R.A. Inqalabi, and other senior officers of the department.

Highlighting role of training in the department, the Deputy Chief Minister said experts should be called from outside state and master trainers should be trained at national level training centers.

Training for teachers both at the time of recruitment as well as during various stages of service is very important so arrangement need to be made for imparting latest training, he added.

(Reporting by Saleem Iqbal Qadri)

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