New Delhi: The Centre has prepared a list of ten-point program for better implementation of Right to Education(RTE) act which aims at providing free, compulsory and quality education for children between age of six and fourteen years.

Listing out steps which the states should ensure for efficient implementation of RTE, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said that the Centre has done its share of work and now onus lies on states to fully implement the RTE act.

Sibal said that the proper implementation of ten-point program would ensure the better quality of education across the nation.

Following are the ten points which Centre has issued for the success of RTE act-
* Admission of children of weaker and impoverished sections
* Exclusion of teachers from non-educational tasks, encouraging *Curriculum reforms
* Implementing teachers’ training programme within fixed deadline
* Enhancing infrastructure of schools
* Providing grant for schools prior to start of session
*Putting in place a grievance redressal mechanism in each school
* Implementing criteria of RTE, providing books and uniforms for the   children before the start of session
* To expedite process of teachers’ appointment to vacant posts.

According to Sibal, within two years of RTE’s implementation, country has seen a major increase in numbers of children taking admission but still improving quality of education remains a challenge.

“The foundation has been laid to ensuring reforms in educational sector. The Centre has played its role, now it’s time for states to take initiatives.” said Sibal, adding that government has approved the proposal for appointment of six lakh teachers and states should fill the vacant seats immediately. 

Sibal also said that schools have now been equipped with basic facilities like sanitation and drinking water, but separate toilets for girls and boys are yet to be constructed.

JPN/Bureau



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