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When Rights Panels Become Retirement Parks

The Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 (CPCR Act) requires that the Chairperson be a person of eminence who has done outstanding work for promoting the welfare of children. Surely, it does not envisage the Commissions to be reduced to a hub for retired bureaucrats? Read more.

 

September 25 2013 Indian Express

RTE Act takes a hit, poor are cold-shouldered in state schools

For the academic year 2013-14, only 44.2 per cent of the 1,32,953 seats reserved for socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society were filled under the Right to Education (RTE), Act 2009. Information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act paints a poor picture for the urban centres, while rural areas seemed to have done a good job in filling seats under the 25 per cent RTE quota... Read more

 

September 25 2013 Pune Mirror

ZP keen to absorb surplus teachers in vacant positions

The Pune Zilla Parishad has woken up to the fate of surplus teachers in the district at last… Read more

 

September 24 2013 Times of India

No teacher job without clearing eligibility test

The Madras high court has dismissed a batch of petitions from teacher trainees seeking appointment as secondary school teachers and graduate assistants on the ground that they did not clear the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) as prescribed in the RTE Act... Read more

 

September 21 2013 Indian Express

Hike in aid for schools that follow RTE norms

The state government has hiked the reimbursement amount given to schools for admitting students from economically backward sections (EWS) from Rs 13,636 to Rs 15,474 per student per year. ..Till date, no reimbursement has been given to any schools in the district on this account. But the Zila Parishad has claimed to have streamlined the process and the schools will be reimbursed by November end...  Read more

 

September 21 2013 Times of India

Noble intentions, ignoble outcomes

‘The Right to Education (RTE) Act of 2009 carries the seeds of undermining the very right it proposes to guarantee. If the letter of this law had been enforced, all unrecognised schools, which on average provide better education than the nearest recognised government school, would have been shut down as of April 1, 2013…’ says Arvind Panagariya. Read more

 

September 13 2013, The Times of India

Architect of Right To Education Vinod Raina passes away 

rainaIn the winter of 2008...even officials of the HRD ministry had given up hope that Right To Education would see the light of day. The only person who would shrug off all cynicism with a wave of his hand was the mild-mannered Vinod Raina, the eternal optimist, who spent hours chiseling away at provisions of the historic legislation...Raina's optimism emanated from his deep-seated belief that no government could afford to ignore a social intervention like RTE... Read more

 

September 13 2013, Business Standard

Vinod Raina's Dream 

Educationist Vinod Raina wasn't just an activist, but a link in the chain of thought on what ideal schooling should be. With Raina passing away last week, that chain is now broken...For Raina, who co-founded an alternative education organisation called Eklavya, education wasn't just about ensuring children learnt how to read and write, but about making a difference to society... Read more

 

September 13 2013, The Hindu

Cancer Claims Educationist 

Educationist Vinod Raina, who died of cancer here on Thursday, was one of the key architects of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. He was member of the expert group on ‘Monitoring of Child Rights in Education’ set up by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and a sitting member of the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE), the highest decision-making body on education... Read more

 

September 8 2013 Pune Mirror
MSCERT, NGOs track kids’ progress under RTE Act

“The project will review samples from different districts to get a broad perspective on the situation of `kids-out-of-schools’, who were admitted under the Act,” N K Jarag, MSCERT, told Mirror... Read more

 

August 29 2013, Times of India

RTE Anthem Released 

"Tan, tan, tan, sunoghanti baji school ki, chalo school tumko pukare ..." is the first line of a song about the RTE, written by Javed Akhtar and sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan along with Bollywood stars like Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan.The song is not only catchy, but informative as well... Read more

Listen to the RTE anthem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_vyk1XEYVE

 

August 24 2013 Pune Mirror
Gurukul school withdraws day-boarding facility Guru-uncool

‘…the Gurukul pre-primary school…has decided to withdraw the day-boarding facility for all students saying it is becoming unfeasible for it to bear the costs of the facility for the kids admitted under the RTE reservation…’ Read more


March 22 2013 Pune Mirror
PMC education board wakes up to RTE call

Board goes on a promotional spree; notches up 9,000 enrolments in a month — a sharp turnaround, given a loss of 2,000 students this year… Read more

 

January 18 2013, Indian Express
Right to Education Act may be behind falling school learning: ASER survey

School-level enrolment rates continue to rise, the Right to Education Act (RTE) seems to be helping develop better school infrastructure and there are more toilets for girls in schools — these are the few encouraging findings during 2012 in what otherwise is yet another alarming Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)... Read more

 

December 17  2012 India Today
India's education-for-all dream comes to a halt as cash-strapped government slashes RTE budget

The government's attempt at nursing the Indian economy back to health could temporarily hurt UPA's initiative to make education a justiciable right.

(T)he finance ministry is set to shave Rs.2,000 crore off the allocated budget for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) … under the ministry of human resource development (HRD)….SSA is the primary vehicle for delivering the Right to Education (RTE) Act... Read more

 

October 30 2012, The Times of India
Maharashtra yet to conduct teachers eligibility test

Maharashtra has yet to introduce a teachers eligibility test (TET) of its own under the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. The TET has been provided as a qualifying benchmark for recruitment of teachers in the primary and upper primary schools... Read more

 

October 9 2012, The Times of India
SC issues notice on Right to Education Act

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central government on a petition seeking exemption for unaided educational institutions from earmarking 25 per cent seats for students from the weaker sections of the society… Read more

 

October 7, 2012 India Today
Govt mulls over extension of Right To Education Act deadline

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is showing signs of relenting to the pressure to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
With the deadline to meet infrastructure standards looming and almost 34 per cent of the schools not complying with the Act (as per latest government data), the Centre is now mulling an extension of the three-year deadline. According to sources, the ministry wants to give the states another two years to get the job done... Read more


July 27 2012, The Hindu
An education act with more wrongs than rights

While there is no denying the self-evident truth that a poor child is entitled to the same opportunities as a rich one, it is worrying that the authors of the Act have not visualised or catered for the long-term consequences of this revolutionary diktat. The first big unanswered question relates to the fate of children from the weaker sections after they complete their free elementary education in the elite schools... Read more

 

May 2 2012, The  Hindustan Times
India’s many Eklavayas

In a country which has blocked educational opportunities to millions of children for centuries only because of the accident of their birth, a recent piece of innovative legislation offers a rare opportunity for civilisational atonement. The Right to Education (RTE) Act reserves a quarter of seats at the entry level in all private schools for poor and socially disadvantaged children... Read more

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