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Right to Education comes into force
New Delhi, MAR 31 (Agencies)
Published on 1 Apr. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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The much awaited Right to Education (RTE) Act, which promises free and compulsory education up to Class 8, will be implemented Thursday with an address to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The act will provide for education to students in the age group of 6-14 and specially focus on bringing back 8.1 million children of this age group back to the classrooms.
The importance attached to the legislation could be gauged from the fact that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an unprecedented move will address the nation tomorrow highlighting the various aspects of the law.
Nearly 92 lakh children, who have either dropped out from schools or have never been to any educational institution, will get elementary education as it will be binding on part of the local and State governments to ensure that all children in the six to 14 years age group get schooling.
The law is coming into force after the Centre and States resolved all issues for its implementation and agreed to share of funds in the ratio of 55-45.
The act, which was passed by Parliament last year, seeks to achieve 10 broad objectives such as free and compulsory education in the 6-14 age group, quality education, focus on social responsibility like reservation in private schools, the obligation of teachers and de-bureaucratisation of admissions.
The RTE Act promises to create conducive educational atmosphere for physically handicapped children. It also seeks to make learning student-oriented rather than teacher- and classroom-oriented.
However, it faces a major challenge in the form of deficit in finance, quality of teachers and inadequate infrastructure in the beginning years.
In the first year of its implementation (2010-11), the scheme is facing a shortage of nearly Rs 7,000 crore and there is a huge deficit of trained teachers especially in eastern India.
"The act is starting now, but its real outcome will be visible in a couple of years. We are set for an educational transformation in India," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here a few days back.

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