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Have your say in the right to education law

The state government has decided to ask parents, schools, students and educationists for suggestions on how to implement the central Right to Education (RTE) Act, which was made applicable for primary and secondary education from April this year.

mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2010 01:27 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The state government has decided to ask parents, schools, students and educationists for suggestions on how to implement the central Right to Education (RTE) Act, which was made applicable for primary and secondary education from April this year.

The school education department is set to introduce rules that will specify how the act will be implemented from Classes 1 to 8.

The government has decided to ask stakeholders to give their suggestions and objections within 15 days from the date the notification is issued.

The notification, expected to be issued by Friday, will spell out the methodology to be adopted for implementing norms such as stringent penalties against schools asking for donations and holding interviews, setting up a child-tracking system, formation of a school development plan and reforms in the examination system.

The rules will specify the duties of the school education department, local authorities, boards, schools and teachers in implementing the act.

“The RTE Act spells out all the measures to be taken for bringing in education reforms but how they will be implemented falls under the state education department’s purview. So we want to make sure all the parties involved in the process should be taken into confidence,” state education minister Balasaheb Thorat told the Hindustan Times.

The notification will require the state to conduct a school mapping survey, which will make sure every child has access to a school in his neighbourhood and if he does not, local authorities will have help.

It also emphasises on schools forming a management committee with 75 per cent representation from parents.

The committee that will meet once a month will be responsible for setting up a school development plan three months before the end of every financial year.

The rules make it mandatory for these committees to account for class-wise enrolments, requirement of teachers, infrastructure needs and the budget.

The state government will also have to frame a legislation to penalize schools that interview students and parents and demand donations. Suggestions will be called on how this can be done.

According to the RTE Act, any school found interviewing students and parents for admissions will have pay between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 as penalty. A school asking for donations will have to pay 10 times the donation demanded as penalty.