News and views about the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 and other legislation, schemes and policies impacting the Right to Education of India's Children.
To ‘improve learning’, Delhi govt to scrap no detention policy after RTE amendment
With the Lok Sabha passing the amendment to the Right to Education Act (2009), the Delhi government has decided to do away with the “No Detention Policy”. With the amendment, states can scrap the policy wherein children, from classes III to VIII, were not detained even if they failed the examination.
“It is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, so we are waiting for it. Once it is passed, we will be working to bring back detention,” said Atishi Marlena, former advisor to Education Minister Manish Sisodia.
From the very beginning, when the proposal for the amendment was moved by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Sisodia has voiced support to scrap the policy.
The government justified the stand, stating that no detention policy leads to children being promoted without learning, and that scrapping the policy would lead to improved learning levels.
According to a source, the government will work to bring back detention from the next academic session, and consult parents and teachers on the same.
Sisodia has also been in favour of scrapping the policy as he received complaints from teachers about its negative impact on learning, said the source.
“It’s a good thing that the amendment to the RTE Act has been passed. As children could not be detained, parents and children did not take the process seriously, thinking they will be promoted anyway. Now, the process is going to get better,” said Sapna Singh, a government school teacher.
However, experts argued against the removal of the policy, claiming that it would lead to an increase in the number of dropouts.
“It is the poor quality of education, lack of infrastructure, teacher vacancies and the presence of untrained teachers that may have an effect on learning outcomes. The no detention clause, one of the most critical parts of the RTE Act that has been pulled out, has put the entire RTE Act at risk of disintegration. The greatest negative impact will be on disadvantaged groups, first generation learners and Adivasi students, as well as girls,” said Ambarish Rai, national convenor, Right to Education Forum.
RTE helpline, cells to open
Those who need greater clarity on the modalities of the
Right to Education Act can now hope for help through a helpline and
cells specially opened at State and district levels to coordinate
implementation of the legislation.
centralised helpline number — 1800-425-34567 — will soon be accessible,
specific numbers for all districts will also be announced.
to Education Department officials, there will be one State-level cell
at the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office in Bangalore, which will issue
guidelines and coordinate implementation of the Act.
Cells will also be opened in districts.
Implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Scheme in Nagaland
Some Issues and Problems
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is the most significant effort of Govt. of
India initiated in November 2000 as a Centrally-sponsored scheme, to
ensure universal elementary education (of all children in the age group
6-14 years). The broad objectives of SSA are :(a)enrolment of all
children in schools, Education Guarantee Scheme centres, alternate
schools and `back-to-school` camps; (b) retention of all children till
upper primary stage; (c) bridging gender and social category gaps in
enrolment, retention and learning; and (d) ensuring significant
enhancement in learning achievement levels of children at primary and
upper primary stages. The scheme got a thrust when it became a medium to
implement Right to Education (RTE) Act which came into force on 1st
April, 2010. The SSA, a major fla…
Arunachalee to serve as NCPCR watchdog in state
Fri, 11 May 2012ANI Tweet
Itanagar, May 11 (ANI): Taking serious exception to reports of
rampant violation of human rights of the girl child, particularly in the
name of child marriage, a National Commission for Protection of Child
Rights (NCPCR) team led by Chairperson Professor Shanta Sinha, has
announced plans to appoint an Arunachalee to serve as a watchdog of the
commission in the state.
"This could be the maiden three-day visit
of the NCPCR team, including Member Dipa Dixit and Registrar B.K.Sahu,
since its inception in 2007, but we have been in constant touch with the
GoAP (Government of Arunachal Pradesh) as well as the civil society and
NGOs, who have been filing complaints on violation of child rights,"
Sinha told media here yesterday.
The team, after interacting with
faculty of the Rajiv Gandhi University on Thursday, has proposed to
collaborate with the varsity to spread awareness about chi…