Govt to embark on consultation process for RTE implementation

Facing teething problems in implementing the Right To Education Act, the government will embark upon a consultation process with stakeholders across the country from next month.

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Facing teething problems in
implementing the Right To Education Act, the government will
embark upon a consultation process with stakeholders across
the country from next month.

The first meeting will be held on August 14 in which
all issues pertaining to implementation of the law will be
discussed, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

"There are many issues in implementation of the RTE
law. We are meeting the principals and all the stakeholders on
August 14 to find out the problems and discuss the way out,"
he said.
According to Sibal, a series of consultative meetings
will be held across the country to sort out the issues on
implementation of the new law which makes education a
fundamental right of every child in the age of six to 14
years.

The law has been in force since April one. However,
the states are facing problems in implementing certain
provisions of the law.

The minister was critical of the incidents of corporal
punishments being reported from different parts of the
country.

Asked about the alleged suicide of a girl student in
Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh after being reportedly made to
clean toilets by the school authorities for being unable to
pay fees, Sibal said the ministry will get the facts on the
incident and ask the board concerned to take appropriate
action.

He criticised a Bangalore school for issuing circulars
which said implementation of RTE will lead to admission of
poor students and the presence of poor students could affect
the psyche of other students.
Sibal denied reports that there was any proposal to
have a brand ambassador for the ministry`s adult education
programme.

"There is no proposal yet to have any ambassador for
the education programme," he said.

Sibal said British universities are keen to
collaborate with India in its initiative to start Innovation
Universities. The government wants to set up 14 Innovation
Universities, each on a specific theme.

A team of university vice chancellors and
representatives from the UK will come to India in November to
take forward the process of collaboration, he said.

PTI