RTE Act stipulates school mapping, household surveys

Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010 - 21:15

New Delhi: Paving the way for implementation
of Right To Education Act, the Centre has approved a set of
model rules, which prescribe taking up of household surveys
and neighbourhood school mapping by authorities to ensure that
all children are sent to school.

The Model Rules for the Act have been approved by HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal and elaborate on responsibilities of
state governments, local authorities, school managements,
parents and teachers for the purpose.

The rules were circulated to state education secretaries
at a conference here today, a ministry official said.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education
Act, which was passed by Parliament in August last year,
provides for free and compulsory education as a fundamental
right of every child in the 6-14 age group and earmarks 25
per cent seats to children from economically weaker sections
in private schools.

The rules say that the state governments or local
authorities will determine the neighbourhood schools by
undertaking school mapping. Such agencies shall ensure that no
child is subjected to caste, class, religious or gender abuse
in the school.

The local authority will conduct a household survey and
maintain a record of all children in its jurisdiction. The
record will contain detailed information about the child and
the parents and will specify whether the child belongs to the
weaker section or disadvantaged group or having any
disability.

PTI



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