Education

RTE Forum takes tough stand on implementation

| | Updated on: Jun 29, 2012

The Right to Education (RTE) Forum is holding a national meeting in Delhi to prepare a strategy for effectively mobilising the community to ensure implementation of the RTE Act, 2009. “This Act is for 250 million children of this country and is derived from the constitution — the fundamental right to education. The frustrating thing is that after two years of enactment of this Act and the timeline for implementation of the provisions (except teacher training) of the Act is going to end on April 1, 2013, but reports have come in that 95 per cent of the schools are not RTE-compliant,” Mr Ambarish Rai, National Convener, RTE Forum, said. The Forum is a platform for education networks, civil society members and educationists with a combined strength of 10,000 non-governmental organisations, and has nine state chapters.

He added that the Forum is demanding six per cent gross domestic product allocation in the education segment, which is facing a problem with lack of teachers, teacher training and infrastructural and quality issues.

“We are confronting the Government data. It is not actual data. The Government data is 98 per cent enrolment in school and that is not true. And the issue is attendance. What is happening in schools? The State has to deliver,” Mr Rai said. The Forum is looking at mass mobilisation of communities in order to ensure quality education for all students and is working at the village level to ensure equity in all schools in the country.

>aesha.datta@thehindu.co.in

Published on June 29, 2012

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