Right to Education may extend from nursery to high school

Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is supposed to put forth a report for extension of Right to Education Act and its no detention policy in a meeting which will be chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The Right to Education Act, according to which the children of age 6 to 14 studying in nursery to Class 8 has right to get free education under any government sponsored schools.

right to education to extend from nursery to class 10
Central Advisory Board of Education is planning to extend Right to Education till Class 10

CABE is planning for the extension of RTE Act under which students will be able to get free education till class 10 starting from nursery. The committee submitted its report in year 2012 to UPA government but unfortunately, the RTE Act was never implemented. The then HRD minister M M Pallam Raju issued the statement that the report needed comprehensive discussion of the ministry before taking any further steps.

The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has proposed the extension of Right to Education Act to secondary level considering various issues such as entry age at pre-schooling level and duration of secondary education. The CBAE will deliberately raise this as an important topic in the meeting, which is to be held today.

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CBAE would also put forth the report by sub-committee members for no detention policy up to class 8. Other aspects which the committee has planned to discuss with the Central Ministry is to look into the regulatory function of private schools and also in the case of appointment of additional teachers in higher secondary level.

The Right to education Act was implemented in the month of April 2010 and guarantees the free education of children between ages 6 and 14, which ensures their education till class 10. Section 11 of RTE Act directs the States across the nation to arrange for free schooling for children from economically weaker sections, but the following guidelines are not being followed properly.

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The extension would help lots of children from poor families who are not able to send their children to private schools. This would also help in decreasing the dropout rates as most of them are not able to afford for books, uniforms or admission fees in higher secondary level. The sub-committee under guidance of former Education Minister of Haryana, Greta Bukkal will submit the report to the HRD officials at the meeting and will also look into other projects which might need to be discussed comprehensively.

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