New Delhi:  The Central government has mooted a grievance redressal mechanism in each state to probe violation of child rights in order to uplift education sector and meet the shortcomings of the Right to Education Act, which came into effect last year.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here on Monday, put forth this proposal before the Education Secretaries of the states in presence of several complaining parents and children.

In the meet, the Minister agreed that there was a need to formulate a new mechanism to monitor the whole system, which is in a complete mess. Besides, he also added that there was a need to define the institutional mechanism, which involved the system of registering complaint, probe and finally the response in a limited time-frame.

The meet felt the need to appoint officers from the department of education at district, block and gram panchayat levels.

It may be noted that there is also a provision in law in which the Local Administration has been assigned the task to function as the grievance redressal authority. Besides, the State Child Rights Protection Commission has been constituted as the Appellate Authority. The National Child Rights Protection Commission (NCPCR) has the responsibility to do the monitoring.

According to the NCPCR, since most of the parents do not know where to register their complaints, they generally register their grievances either with the State Child Rights Protection Commission or with us.

The meet also felt the need to balance student-teacher ratio (PTR), as in the states like Uttar Pradesh there is only one teacher for 67.6 percent students while in Bihar the burden of teaching is 87.67 per cent.

The RTE Act fixes the teacher-student ratio at a maximum of 1:30 in primary schools and 1:35 in the upper primary schools.

On the occasion, the HRD Ministry officials said new software has been developed to monitor the teacher deployment following the implementation of the Right to Education Act across the country.

JPN/Bureau

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