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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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Right to education: Will schools get a lifeline?

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Realising that implementing Right to Education will need a mammoth outlay of Rs 1.74 lakh crore, HRD ministry has said the proposed National Education Finance Corporation should finance school education as well as government/local bodies to increase enrolment and improve infrastructure.

As per the earlier proposal, NEFC was to finance only higher education but at the behest of HRD minister Kapil Sibal, funding of Right to Education and school education in general was also included as the mandate of NEFC.

Sibal has now written to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairperson, Planning Commission, stressing the need for a body like NEFC. The HRD ministry has projected that Rs 1.55 lakh crore would be needed by 2016-17 for higher education to achieve the target of 25% gross enrolment ratio. In case of school education, the projected cost towards civil works, teachers’ salary, child entitlements and teacher training would be Rs 32,000-Rs 36,000 crore annually.   Read More >>

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Cost of right to education: Rs 1.78 lakh crore

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After the euphoria comes the real test. The cost of implementing the historic Right to Education Act over the next five years by Centre and states works out to a whopping Rs 1.78 lakh crore.

The new law will come into force from the next academic year and since right to education is now a fundamental right, it is mandatory on the part of the government to provide what is demanded.

HRD ministry sources say the total demand of Rs 1.78 lakh crore when finetuned will only work out roughly to just one-third of the staggering amount. They said that nearly Rs 50,000 crore can be provided to the kitty by the Centre and states from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan fund. This brings the demand down to Rs 1.28 lakh crore. The ministry expects that in the 12th Plan nearly Rs 60,000 crore will be allocated to SSA. But this will still leave the effective demand to Rs 68,000 crore. Then again, Centre will have the tough task of persuading the states to step forward to share the cost of fulfilling the commitment.

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Right to education still elusive

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When launching the country’s flagship education programme in 2001, the government promised to bring every Indian child to school by 2005. Four years on, 80 lakh (eight million) children — more than the population of Switzerland — are still out of school.

An independent survey commissioned by the government, conducted as a new law makes school education a fundamental right, found that this figure includes 1.3 lakh children just in Delhi, one of India’s wealthiest cities.

The Indian Market Research Bureau conducted the survey in 2009. The bureau conducted a similar study in 2005 for the government and found that 1.3 crore children were not going to school.

Investigators defined an out-of-school child as any child who had not attended school for the past two months.

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Right to Education may increase quota to 40 per cent in schools

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Schools that have been allotted land by the government at lower rates might now have to reserve almost 40 per cent of seats for students from poorer sections.

A Delhi High Court ruling in 2007 had set aside a 15 per cent quota — 10 per cent for children from the economically weaker section (EWS) and five per cent for those of staff. In case the five per cent staff quota wasn’t filled, those seats would also go to EWS children.

Newsline has learnt that an additional 25 per cent is being considered for reservation under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) for the 390 schools that are on government land allotted at concessional rates.

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Education sector: HRD ministry at full swing

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The joke is that the rate at which HRD ministry is framing cabinet notes and draft bills, many of the next sessions of Parliament will only be passing legislations on the education sector.

A new minister and a new work culture in the ministry is right now geared to meet the 100-day deadline that ends in the first week of September.

The biggest of them all, the Right to Education, has been passed in both Houses of Parliament. A lot of questions, many of them genuine, are, however, being raised about the legislation. Putting together its nuts and bolts will hit many roadblocks by various interest groups but a big step has been taken.

Though there are many other bigticket changes on the anvil, public interest will be on weather the class 10 board examination will be made optional and evaluation will shift to grading system. The answer to both questions is yes, at least for all CBSE-affiliated schools in the country.

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Will education Bill guarantee equality?

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Bill does not focus on learning outcomes

The Right to Education (RTE) Bill is schizophrenic in addressing the issue of equality. The reservation of 25% seats for weaker sections in all private schools improves equity of access and offers a choice of school to poor parents. It is basically a voucher scheme where the government would pay for the educational expenses of 25% students in private schools. On the other hand, the infrastructure requirements including a playground would make all budget private schools illegal.

This would take away the little choice that poor parents have today and deny them English medium education. One fails to understand the logic of closing down budget private schools by the force of law. If all government schools would become great in three years, as stipulated in the Bill, these fee-charging schools would close down by the force of economics. Actually, the existence and scale of these schools would be an objective barometer to judge how well the Bill has fulfilled its promise. Forcibly closing down these schools just shows a lack of confidence in the capacity to keep its promise.

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