Merely increasing enrolment will not lead to the development of elementary skills that education is supposed to provide.
While the RTE Act makes education a fundamental right for every child between six and 14 years of age, it does not include any penal provisions in case parents or teachers do not adhere to its provisions.
The dilution of the clause will allow states the right to hold back students in classes V-VIII if they fail in their year-end exam.
‘A significant fraction of children who drop out may be those who refuse to compromise with non-comprehension. They are potentially superior to those who just memorise and do well in examinations, without comprehending very much!’
There is no silver bullet to beat back the scourge of underage marriages, but the scope of current interventions among adolescents needs to be extended.
A large number of economically disadvantaged people appear to have missed a chance to benefit from a provision in the Right to Education policy.
The new policy unveiled in parliament also envisages an increase in the health budget to 2.5% of GDP but only by 2025.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
The amended law does a disservice both to the children who want to study but do not have the means, and to the state that owes its future to them.
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The greatest barrier to inclusion of children with disabilities is the wrong attitude on the part of individuals.
There is a need to have a sensible and pragmatic discussion on the models that allow private schools to remain financially viable, and fulfil the aim of quality elementary and pre-elementary education.
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What makes the Delhi School Education Act amendment especially problematic is that it is part of a larger process shaping policy discourse nationally.
Instead of making a systematic assessment of the problems in the school sector, the HRD ministry and Smriti Irani have put in place a process that emphasises issues that are not concerned with education at all.
The defence being offered by officials is that the contents deleted will be fitted in “some form or the other” in higher grades, but are curricular decisions so simplistic and bureaucratic?
The Maharashtra government could find out only 54,724 out of school children across the state in its recent survey.
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Instead of making the foundations of our education system ready for reform, we are blaming an important reform for the cracks that already exist in the foundation.
The Modi government, and all legislators who pass the budget, must be held accountable for failing to uphold their responsibility towards implementing the right of every child to a decent education