Sunday, October 30, 2011

RTE Main Points:

Sixty-three years after independence, India on Thursday 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 related stories State to send every child to school
now 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).