The Delhi Cabinet has ratified the city’s Right to Education (RTE) campaign, Shiksha ka Haq, education minister Arvinder Singh said on Friday.
The campaign entails laws to implement the Right to Education Act. “The law will be notified in the coming week,” he said.
The issue of notifying a Delhi-specific law has been a contentious one, with the high court questioning the state government and NGOs claiming that the delay is hitting the prospects of students.Singh said more schools would be opened across the Capital to ensure that no student was left out and everyone got a chance to study. "For children from classes 1 to 5, a school will be established within a radius of 1km from the residential pockets, while for those from classes 6 to 8, a school shall be set up within a radius of 3km," Singh said. "In the next five years, we plan to open 65 new schools. We have already identified the locations," he added.
Talking about the shortage of teachers in government schools, he said around 13,000 new posts for teachers had been sanctioned by the government.
The minister said the local authority would maintain the record of all children through a household survey, from their birth till the age of 14 years. The records would be updated annually. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 came into force in April 2010.