New Delhi: The Centre Wednesday rejected the
demand of states to provide up to 100 per cent funds for
implementing Right to Education Act and asked them to
contribute to the national mission as they have surplus funds.
"Several chief ministers have written to me asking for 100
per cent funds or 90 per cent... It is not possible as the
Centre has done maximum possible by providing Rs 2,31,000
crore... Now it is for the states to contribute," HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal said in the Lok Sabha.
The states have surplus budgets now, Sibal said during
Question Hour, adding, "Moreover, this is not a Centre-state
issue, it is a national issue. I think efforts should be made
by states to implement the RTE."
Education ministers of many state have expressed
willingness to collaborate with the Centre to achieve
objectives under the RTE, he added.
Replying to a supplementary, Sibal said many children drop
out of schools by the time they reach Vth or VIth standard and
described it as an extremely serious issue, which his ministry
"We have formed management committees with 75 per cent
representations from localities. Mothers of every school-going
child will be a member of this committee. We are examining the
reasons behind drop out," he said.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (of RJD) wanted to know government`s
plans for children in the 3-6 age group as the RTE plan
includes children only in the 6-14 age bracket.
He also raised the issues of shortage of teaching staff
and funds in the states.
Sibal then informed the House that the government had
convened a meeting of state education ministers in June in
which issues relating to recruitment of teachers, redeployment
and teachers` qualifications and training were discussed in
keeping with the provisions of RTE Act.
"The government is in constant dialogue with states
and stakeholders with regard to implementation of the Right of
Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act," he said.