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Right to education

The universal declaration on human rights mentions the right to security, right to honour, equal opportunities on merit basis and right to dignity to every individual in the world. The motto of the MP Human Rights Commission is also equal right to all.  We cannot translate it into reality until and unless all members of the society are concerned about the rights of each other. The protection of individual rights is mutual and this feeling should be cultivated in children right from early age.

Recently the Central Government has framed a new law “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2009. Rules are being framed for its implementation at Central and state government levels. There are a plethora of laws and governments do endeavour to enforce them effectively, but the fact is that all the laws are not enforced in right earnest throughout the country and the citizens do not get their benefit at desired level. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education is such a law that, if implemented properly, people would be inspired to follow not only this but other laws as well voluntarily. This would also help curb the violation of human rights. Human rights are meant for human life. This covers women, men, children and people of all other groups. Thus, the State Human Rights Commission is endeavouring to protect the rights of children. Read More>>


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UP to implement Right to Education Act

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

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23,000 schools in India don’t have roofs

When education reforms are said to be a primary focus of the central government, a HRD ministry document has revealed that nearly 23,000 government schools are running under an open sky.

To be precise, 22,762 schools including 7,827 run by local bodies have no building, while 1,757 others across the country are running from tents.

Students in Madhya Pradesh are the worst sufferers as more than 4,400 schools are running in the open. While 3,424 schools in Bihar are functioning under similar conditions, the same is the fate of over 2,200 schools in Uttar Pradesh.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are some of the states where no school is functioning in such pitiable conditions. However, in Tamil Nadu 300 schools are running in tents, the highest figure among states.

The HRD ministry also said that there are over 8,13,000 government schools in the country of which 6,61,117 havepucca brick and mortar buildings. At least 97,479 schools are partly pucca and over 30,000 schools have kuccha buildings.

“Under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, grant for major repair was given to 6,483 elementary schools during 2008-09,” the ministry document said.

Source:  Hindustan Times

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Govt may allow private sector investment in education

The Centre plans to allow the (for-profit) private sector set up educational institutions and tap the capital market, thus aiming to plug the funding gap in the education sector. In this regard, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked Max India Chairman Analjit Singh to prepare a feasibility paper.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal did so during a roundtable in New Delhi with Singh and other members, including Sunil Alagh, chairman of SKA Advisors, Hari Bhartia, co-chairman and MD of Jubilant Organosys, and Rajendra Pawar, chairman of NIIT.

Singh is one of the founder supporters of Indian School of Business (ISB’s) second campus at the Knowledge City, Mohali and has donated Rs 50 crore for the campus. Other founder supporters include the Bharti, Hero and Punj Lloyd groups.

Analjit Singh’s office confirmed the development, but declined to divulge details. Read More>>

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A Longer March

It’s 60 years too late and still, the 2009 Education Act leaves out half of India’s children, says PUJA MARWAHA

I MET 27-year-old Sushila in a Bhandup slum, located about five metres off Mumbai’s railway tracks. A mother of two daughters aged 12 and three, she works as a domestic help in a high-rise on the opposite side of the tracks. “Where I work, they live in such great comfort that they have running water in taps!” says Sushila, for whom collecting drinking water is a daily wading through a broken nullah to access a leaking pipe. The slum dwellers have petitioned the government repeteadly for drinking water taps and electricity, to no avail. “I will live without them,” she says, leaning against rough tin sheets that serve as her home walls. “What I can’t bear is that there is absolutely nothing for my children.”

What Sushila is hinting at is an anganwadi – a government nursery, which in theory provides all 3-6 year olds a safe place to play, learn from a governmentappointed teacher and get a free midday meal. But since Sushila’s slum is ‘unrecognised’, it doesn’t qualify and those who lose out are too young to demand it. Read More>>

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UPSC to allow filing of applications online

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) might go online by allowing its candidates to file their applications online. “It might be done in a year’s time for the professional services first”, said DP Agarwal, chairman, UPSC.

By applying information technology, access to UPSC exams will be made easier for the young candidates. There is already a UPSC helpline in place which informs candidates on exam dates and other information that they might be looking for.

Exercising restraint in divulging much about new things planned for UPSC, he said, “talking about changes might confuse the candidates who are to take the exams”.  Read More>>

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Free education depends on FC

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Provisioning for Right to Free and Compulsory Education for Children Act, 2009, is becoming a challenge. With the Planning Commission indicating that finding Rs 1,74,000 crore for the Act was difficult due to economic downturn, the HRD ministry is hoping that the Finance Commission will step in to meet the breach.

The ministry has been assured of the Rs 34,000 crore that have been set aside for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for the remaining period of the XIth Plan. Also, there is Rs 47,000 crore the Finance Commission will provide for.
Sources said that the ministry will ask the 13th Finance Commission to provide for the amount that the states require over and above the funds already set aside for it.

The argument is that the states will be unable to provision for the higher cost of implementing the Act, especially if its share of funding goes up, as planned. The ministry may ask the Finance Commission to provide for the additional amount to the states in a fund sharing arrangement that puts a heavier burden on the Centre, such as 65:35. The government may need to reconsider the fund sharing pattern for the Act.

Source: Economic Times


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