Need to guarantee Free Quality Education to Children stressed

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A two-day workshop on sensitisation of Right to Education Act began here on Friday. The workshop was organised by the Association for Rural Community Development (ARCOD) based in Royakottai in association with UNICEF at the District Institute of Education and Training in Krishnagiri.

Over 50 Assistant Educational Officers, Block Resource Teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and members of NGOs and social organisations participated in the workshop.

All the stakeholders of education, NGOs and child rights activists were sensitised on the tenets of ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009′ and urged the policy makers to implement the same in letter and spirit.

The Act, which has come into effect from 1st April, 2010 and model rules framed by the Central Government said that quality education up to Class VIII had been declared as a fundamental right.

The concept of neighbourhood schools had to be advocated with no donation and capitation fees. Interviews for children and parents must be avoided.

The Act also ensures 25 per cent reservation for weaker sections and disadvantaged groups in private schools and no physical or mental harassment should be caused to children.

Parents should form 75 per cent in school management committees.

They asked the participants from various organisations to ensure that the above features of the Act be ensured and implemented for which a sort of movement must be embarked upon.

In his inaugural address, Chief Educational Officer M. Baskaran said the right to equitable free quality education to all children should be guaranteed. In pursuit of this, all the schools were given clear-cut instruction not to detain any child up to standard VIII as soon as the Act came into effect in the district.

Stringent action should be initiated against those institutions that do not follow the order in this regard, Mr. Baskaran insisted.

Earlier, Mr. Baskaran released a book on RTE 2009. It was received by R. Sampath, Supervisor, Block Resource Centre, Krishnagiri. R. Natarajan, DIET, gave lecture on the introduction of Right to Education Act.

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