Uttar Pradesh will become the first state in the country to implement the Right to Education Act 2009 that calls for free and compulsory primary education to children in the age group of six to 14.
“Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in the country to implement the Act. It will ensure proper and adequate education to the children,” state Education Minister Dharm Singh Saini said in Lucknow. Secretary of the Basic Education department had been directed to initiate process to implement the Act, he added.
The state will require over Rs 14,500 crore to implement the Act. The government will focus on teachers, financial resources, additional classrooms in schools and DIET training in the first phase of its implementation, Saini said.
The department will make efforts to motivate children working in roadside eateries, railways stations and bus stands to enroll in schools. “To attract children, we plan to provide them with food, books and even clothes,” said an official.
Source: Indian Express