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Concern over RTE Act Section 16
Kohima, Jun 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Policy of no retention of student under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 seemed to be a concern for many teachers and also school education department on the possibility of producing good students. “No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the competition of elementary education,” states Section 16 of the RTE Act. State school education director N. Khevito, in an exclusive interview with the Nagaland Post, said department was concerned over RTE guidelines on no retention of students. “In Nagaland context, it is very difficult to pass a student, and even if we’re to filter, it is very difficult to produce good students,” he said and added that department has been writing to centre over the issue. Expressing inability to implement the RTE Act in toto in the present form, Khevito said RTE can be implemented in toto only if society was 100% literate. “It’s not our policy but central policy and we can’t help but to try its best to implement,” he said. On the other hand, the director also revealed that department along with private schools in the state had decided to implement Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 in the state only in the next academic session. On the guideline which made teacher eligibility test (TET) a mandatory for all the teachers of elementary education, the director said school education department in collaboration with SCERT was working out to conduct the TET for untrained teachers. The state has six DIET centre across the state located in Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Pfutsero, Tuensang and Mon, which has a total provision to train 300 teachers in a batch and the DIETs are conducting training for two batches in a year thereby producing around 600 trained teachers annually. (Correspondent)

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