RTE act needs close scrutiny in Nagaland: Minister

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 18:21

Kohima: Terming the right to education
(RTE) act as the most revolutionary legislation in independent
India, the state higher and technical education minister
Shurhozelie today urged all stakeholders to examine closely
how various provisions of the act fit into Nagaland`s
conditions where over 50 per cent of the task of imparting
education lies with the private sector.

Speaking as the chief guest at a state-level seminar
on RTE act here, he said since the historic legislation
brought the private sectors under the purview of the statute
with a provision to compensate them, both the government
officials as well as the private education providers should
examine closely how best such provisions could be implemented
in the local context.

Pointing out that since the education is in the
concurrent list of the constitution and the RTE act itself has
given freedom to the states to implement it as per local
conditions, the minister specifically made references to the
punitive sections of the act, and called for detailed
discussions on the matter by all the stake holders so that the
legislation could be implemented meaningfully in Nagaland.

The minister also recognised the worry of the private
sectors whether they have to compromise the `standards of
education` while accommodating 25 per cent of seats for
students from weaker sections who can not afford, otherwise,
education in such private schools. "But now the challenge is
as how to deal with such questions?" Shurhozelie said.

The minister, who himself is a teacher and writer,
emphasised on appointments of quality teachers and scaling up
teachers training infrastructure in the state, adding the
officials must dare to defy political pressures on this count.

School Education Minister Nyeiwang Konyak said RTE act
posed a new challenge to the state where education sector was
already grappled with the problem of bogus teachers, high rate
of drop outs and poor results in government schools despite
all efforts put by the government to impart quality education.

Maintaining that the public-private partnership would
better suit Nagaland situation since over 50 per cent schools
lie in with private organisations, the minister called for a
concerted effort by all stake holders for effective
implementation of RTE act in the state.

PTI

London: For the first time, scientists have
regenerated spinal cord nerves by removing a `biological
brake` on their growth -- a breakthrough that raises hope for
thousands of patients left paralysed by back and neck
injuries.

Researchers at the Reeve-Irvine Research Centre in the
US, focused on a protein that turns off the growth of nerve
fibres in adults, using mice as test subjects.

By genetically deleting the enzyme, they were able to
switch the ability of the nerves to regenerate back on.

The scientists are now investigating whether the
technique can restore movement to mice crippled by spinal cord
injuries, the Daily Mail reported.

Study leader Professor Oswald Steward, from the
University of California at Irvine, said: "Until now, such
robust nerve regeneration has been impossible in the spinal
cord.

"Paralysis and loss of function from spinal cord injury
has been considered untreatable, but our discovery points the
way towards a potential therapy to induce regeneration of
nerve connections following spinal cord injury in people."

Professor Steward is director of the Reeve-Irvine
Research Centre, named after Christopher Reeve, the former
`Superman` star, who was paralysed from the neck down in a
riding accident. It is dedicated to investigating treatments
for spinal injury.

According to scientists, an injury the size of a grape
can lead to complete loss of function beneath the breakage
point.

Severed nerves, which control the voluntary movement, in
the neck may cause paralysis of the arms and legs, and an
inability to control the bladder and bowel.

"All these functions could be restored if we could find a
way to regenerate the connections that were damaged," said
Professor Steward.

The findings were reported in the journal Nature
Neuroscience.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 18:21

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