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State to implement RTE
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jan 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Jan. 2011 3:07 AM IST
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Two years after the Right to Education (RTE) Bill was passed by the parliament, the state government decided to implement the legislation in letter and spirit starting from this academic year.
The only bone of contention seems to be the directive to implement the Act even in both private and government schools in toto which includes some features such as free education for children within the age group of 6-14 years, ban on screening test for admission, enrollment of students from weaker sections of the society up to 25 percent in private schools, no detention and expulsion of students.
Disclosing this at the community mobilization seminar, organized under SSA, at Town Hall Dimapur, the SSA state project director Kevi Legise disclosed that SCERT was working on various modalities to implement the Act on ground from this academic year.
While calling upon the authorities responsible to create the right atmosphere for executing the Act, the project director reminded them that RTE went beyond the boundaries of education incorporating social justice and equality. Elucidating on the admission criteria inscribed in the Act, he informed that no child can be denied admission for want of documents or through screening test.
Legise further said a child should be given admission to any standard based on his or her age and not on their learning ability.
Moreover, special training would be given by the SCERT to equip a child to catch up with their peers incase they missed out some few standards, he said.
On the no detention policy, Legise underscored the importance of Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) by the teachers and do away with the annual examination system.
Maintaining that the Act was even to implemented in private schools, Legise pointed out that government was ready to reimburse the private schools for providing free education to the children under certain terms and conditions. “No admission fees are required,” he asserted.
The Centre has agreed to pay almost 70 per cent of the finances required to implement the RTE Act, ending months of bickering with state governments’ plea over inadequate funds.
Underscoring the need for proper qualifications of teachers, the project director further said with the implementation of Act, the aim of providing of quality education cannot be impacted without proper qualifications of the teachers.
DIS Dimapur Ketoshe who spoke on the mid day meal scheme told the VEC members and teacher incharge to stock up the rice and other items within the school premises, which he further added, will be inspected by the respective SIS.
“Funds are available for constructions of godowns and kitchen” he disclosed.
While endorsing the concept of a ‘hot midday meal’, the DIS averred that it should be served atleast three times a week, which he lamented, was not being implemented. Without dismissing reports on misuse of midday meal grains, the DIS clearly stated that there was no midday meal quota for any official or VEC member.
Maintaining that the scheme was introduced by the central government to increase the enrollment of students in schools and improve their health, the DIS called for strict carrying out the practice. He also further informed that the government will sanction only Rs 10000 per annum to pay the cooks of any school and added that there was no provision for meat and fish within the scheme.
Taking a hard stance on the issue of proxy teachers, Ketoshe pointed out that some teachers were into the profession for the remuneration while others were busy pursuing higher studies or involved in other activities. Wile calling upon the teachers to sincerely carry out their duties, the DIS lamented that many proxy teachers were actively involved in church related activities rather than performing their duty.
Act to be implemented in govt & pvt schools across the state from this academic year
Any cost that prevents a child from accessing school will be borne by the State which shall have the responsibility of enrolling the child as well as ensuring attendance and completion of 8 years of schooling.
No child shall be denied admission for want of documents; no child shall be turned away if the admission cycle in the school is over and no child shall be asked to take an admission test. Children with disabilities will also be educated in the mainstream schools.
No child shall be required to pass any board exam till completion of elementary education i.e upto class eight.
No child shall be expelled till they complete their elementary education and no physical punishment and mental harassment shall be meted out to any student.
Not enrolled/dropout children be admitted to age appropriate class
Prohibits private tuition by teachers
Prohibits deployment of teachers for non-education purpose, except decennial census, disaster relief and elections
No capitation fees, Penalty: fine upto 10 times the capitation
No screening for admission, Penalty: fine of Rs 25,000 for 1 st contravention and Rs 50,000 for each subsequent contravention
No school without recognition, Penalty: Rs one lakh; in case of continuing contravention, penalty of Rs 10,000 for day
All unaided schools to provide free education to at least 25% children from the neighbourhood – as a measure of ensuring common schooling. Costs reimbursed @ per child expenditure incurred by the State or actual fee charged, whichever is less.

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