CURRENT EVENTS-BLOG 9
RIGHT TO EDUCATION
- The right to free and compulsory education for children between 6to 14 years has been granted under Art.21A. India is one of the 135 countries to make education fundamental.
- The act came into existence on 1.4.10
- It covers the whole of India except Jammu&Kashmir.
- All private schools to reserve 25% of their seats to children from poor families(reimbursed by the State).No donation/capitation fees. Special training for drop-outs to come to the mainstream.
- RTE is the first legislation which puts the onus of ensuring enrolment/attendance on part of the Govt.
- Project Hejje Guruthu was started in 2012-13 with a projected amount of Rs.20 lakh.
- The project was necessitated to create a data bank on children by giving them a unique ID
- Each of the 1 crore students studying in Govt/aided/private will get a unique id.
- The 17 digit number will track the students throught their schooling for students 1 to 10
- The website is open to the public which can bring mistakes in a student’s data to the notice of the Block education officer
- The data will have a student’s date of birth;date of admission;parent’s names, attendance, religion,medium of instruction, residence
- Educational extra-curricular activities would also be monitored
- The data bank will keep a track of students and prevent drop-outs
- Over the year about 23,000 droputs
- 11% of the classrooms in 45,200 elementary schools need major repair; while 18% need minor repair Percentage of classrooms requiring major repair are 11.41%
- 45% of elementary schools do not have playgrounds;31% of elementary schools lack compound walls; 18% of high schools do not have electricity
- Three out of four classrooms in Bangalore city are in good condition
- The number of vacant teacher’s posts has increased to 23,325 posts.
- The percentage of gap between sanctioned and working posts increased to 9.1%
- What is the function of the National commission for protection of child rights?
- Where is the subject of education placed and what is the funding pattern?
- What is the extent of school drop-outs and shortage of teachers?
- What are the criticisms leveled against the RTE?
- What is the stand of minority schools?
- What are the barriers in the way of RTE?