New Delhi: After implementing the Right to Education Act providing free and compulsory education to the children of 6-14 years, the Centre is making efforts to bring the students of secondary level (class 9 and 10) under the Act. If state governments agree, the Central government will begin the formality to include students of secondary level under the Act.

Sources said the Union Human Resource Development Ministry has prepared a framework in this regard, however it is not possible for the Ministry to approve it without the consent of the state governments.

The meeting of Education Ministers of the different states will be held on June 7 in Delhi, while the meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is slated on June 8. In the meeting, the suggestions will be sought from the CABE on the proposal of extension of Right to Education Act to the secondary level.

Notably, CABE is the most significant body for taking decisions related to education in the country. The body has scholars and educationists from different areas in addition to Education Ministers of all states.

The Ministry sources said if states give their nod on the proposal in the CABE meeting, the Centre will start with the required formalities to implement the proposed move.

After the success of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, there are around three crore students studying in the secondary schools. Given their needs, there are acute shortage of secondary schools, teachers and other resources.

Under the Centre’s proposed move, the children can now get free education up to secondary level. The Centre has set a target to cover all the secondary school students under the project by 2017. It also aims to ensure that the drop-out rates comes down to zero percent by 2020.

JPN/Bureau