The Madras high court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government to finalise and publish within six weeks the rules for the effective implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009 in the state.
The directive was given by the First Bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam while disposing a PIL in this regard filed by an advocate S Sathia Chandran.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, popularly known as Right to Education Act, provides for free and compulsory education of all children in age group of 6 to 14 years as a fundamental right.
Chandran said the Centre has framed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2010 and got the same notified on April 9, 2010 and brought it into force from that date. Similarly the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and Haryana have also framed rules and notified them, he said.
However, he contended that the process of finalising and notifying the rules in Tamil Nadu was getting delayed, as a result of which the implementation of the said Act is "totally hampered and its objectives effectively scuttled".
This has allowed private schools, which are also covered under the Act "to remain insensitive to their obligation and duties under the said Act", he said.
When the matter came up for hearing before the bench, Chandra submitted that the draft rules were made by state government by December 2010 itself. But till date, the government had not finalised it, he said.
However, government pleader S Venkatesh submitted that the draft rules would be finalised as expeditiously as possible.
Following his submission, the Bench disposed the writ petition and directed the authorities to finalise and publish the rules within six weeks.