Gujarat seeks full grant from Centre for RTE

Emphasising on greater resources for implementation of Right to Education Act (RTE), Gujarat Government sought 100 per cent financial contribution from the Centre to execute the landmark legislation.

Vadodara: Emphasising on greater resources
for implementation of Right to Education Act (RTE), Gujarat
Government on Tuesday sought 100 per cent financial contribution
from the Centre to execute the landmark legislation.

The Government of India (GoI) should enact only such
legislative rights that are backed by the provision of 100 per
cent financial contribution by it towards the fulfillment of
that right, said Vasuben Trivedi, Gujarat Minister of State
for Higher and Technical Education.

The GoI`s approach to legislate where the major
financial burden falls on the states is counter-productive,
she maintained.

Enacting the Act and not giving enough resources to
the states is like throwing the baby in the bath water, a
Gujarat government release quoted Trivedi as saying at the
Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting held in New
Delhi on Tuesday.

"Universalisation of secondary education is the need
of the hour. However whether legal measures alone would solve
the problems is a matter for debate."

Promoting the Higher Education in Gujarat, vocational,
technical professional courses and internship schemes have
been made part of the curriculum in universities to increase
student employability, the Minister said.

Trivedi said the Gujarat Government supports the idea
of legislating a separate law to prohibit unfair practices in
school education.

Such a Bill should take care of the unfair practices
pursued by private schools like taking fees indirectly in
different forms, increasing fees without prior notice, not
issuing receipts for fees collected and not disclosing the
accounts of the institutions, she said.

PTI

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