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Meghalaya cabinet okays ‘RTE rules’
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUNE 21 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 10:09 PM IST
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The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved the right to free and fair compulsory education rules, 2011, to children aged between 6-14 years in the state. Education Minister R.C.Laloo said the new rule provides that students studying in standards one to eight would be automatically promoted to the next standard.
“No student shall be held back, expelled or required to passed a board examination until the completion of elementary education (Class eight),” he told reporters here. He said that the progress of the students would be continuously evaluated by the teachers and the knowledge of those found lagging behind would be “upgraded” through remedial classes.
Laloo said the school authorities would have to ensure and monitor compulsory admission, attendance, and completion of eight years of elementary education by every child of the specified age group. “All children in general and children belonging to weaker section or disadvantaged groups in particular will be ensure that they are not discriminated against and prevented from pursuing and completing elementary education on any grounds,” he added.
To ensure this, he said that the government will ensure all schools are recognized and to conform to the terms and standards laid down in the schedule of the Act.
A notional agency would also soon be constituted to undertake re-deployment of teachers and to ensure the appointment of teachers on the basis of the national norms, the Education Minister said. “The DIET (District Institute of Education and Training) will also increase it annual training of teachers from 700 to 1400 untrained teachers from across the state,” Laloo said.

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