Sibal unhappy with big states not implementing RTE

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 15:05

New Delhi: Voicing concern over big states
dithering on Right to Education provisions, HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal on Wednesday said that it will be a "historic failure" if the
Act is not implemented across the country.

"It will be a historic failure, if we have passed the Act
but not implemented," Sibal said at a function here while
referring to some states, which have not notified RTE rules as
yet.

The legislation was enacted last year and so far, 20
states have notified RTE rules. However big states such as
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal have
not implemented them.

Sibal was addressing the state education ministers about
ways to promote and create awareness across the country about
the benefits of the RTE Act.

A nation-wide campaign would be launched from Nuh, Mewat
in Haryana from November 11 for promoting RTE across schools.
A message by Prime Minister about RTE to every head teacher of
the school will be read out at the school assembly.

The campaign would be taken up in all 13 lakh schools
across the country, the Minister said.

The states who have implemented RTE get central assistance
for opening neighbourhood schools and other supporting
infrastructure.

West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu told reporters
that his state would be notifying the RTE rules by November
end.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 15:05

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