Thursday, March 6, 2014

'Edu dept circular violates RTE Act'

PANAJI: NCP in Goa has demanded that the Goa government implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in letter and spirit, leaving no scope for litigations or confusion among students, teachers and parents.

NCP also demanded that the government immediately notify the new MOI policy for Goa, which was approved by the cabinet last month; and issue necessary guidelines for the same.

The party alleged that the circular issued by directorate of education regarding working and instructional days, grossly violates the RTE Act. "The directorate of education has violated the RTE Act by recommending 237 working days and 200 instructional days for both primary and secondary level schools. While the RTE Act provides for 200 working days and 800 instructional hours for primary schools, the state government has fixed 237 working days and 200 instructional days with directions that each day will have five and half hours per days, which amount to 1,100 instructional hours," the press release stated.

NCP alleged that the circular appears to have been issued with the Lok Sabha elections in mind. "Goa government has issued this direction to give an impression that when a large section of teachers, students and parents oppose the government decision; it will then decide to withdraw it and project itself as a government that has a 'listening ear'," the press release said.

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