Thursday, April 1, 2010

Right to Education-RTE.

New Delhi: Sixty- three years after independence, India today enforced
a historic Right to Education (RTE) act that promises freedom from
illiteracy for this vast and diverse country. Following are the key
points of the legislation that expects to empower the nation through
education: Free and compulsory education to all children of India in
the six to 14 age group; No child shall be held back, expelled, or
required to pass a board examination until completion of elementary
education (up to class eight); A child who completes elementary
education (upto Class 8) shall be awarded a certificate Calls for a
fixed student-teacher ratio; Will apply to all of India except Jammu
and Kashmir; Provides for 25 percent reservation for economically
disadvantaged communities in all private and minority schools. The
reservation to start with Class One beginning 2011 Mandates
improvement in quality of education; School teachers will need
adequate professional degree within five years or else will lose job;
School infrastructure (where there is problem) to be improved in three
years, else recognition cancelled; Financial burden will be shared
between state and central government on the basis of Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan (Education for All).