New Delhi: After the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the constitutional validity of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the Central Government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure its effective implementation across the country.

Making an effective move in this regard, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has directed the states to ensure that educational institutions falling under the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act adhere to its recommendations.

In a letter to the Chief Ministers and Education Ministers of all the states, the Union Minister has asked to implement and monitor admission of children from the underprivileged and weaker sections in all unaided non-minority schools.

As per the provisions of the Act, all the states and union territories are required to undertake school mapping and identify children to be admitted for elementary education. Sibal has asked the state governments to complete the mapping exercise so that all children are provided access to school.

Highlighting his 10-point agenda in this regard, Sibal asserted that at a time when the Supreme Court has also given its nod to the RTE Act, it is the duty of Centre and states to ensure its successful implementation nationwide.

The Act provides for free and compulsory education to children between 6 and 14 and mandates government schools, government-aided and non-minority aided schools to reserve 25 percent of seats for poor children.

He has asked the states to ensure that all schools meet the suggested student- teacher ratio of 30:1 by filing up the existing vacancies with candidates who have qualified the proposed teacher eligibility test (TET).

Advocating for reforms in the age-old curricular structure, Sibal asked the Chief Ministers to take initial steps in this regard besides modernizing the obsolete teaching and training techniques adopted by teachers to educate students.

Making special mention of the cases of assault on students by teachers, Sibal has asked the state governments to check matters related to physical punishment and torture on students.

He further asked the states to ensure that all the child entitlements including textbooks, school uniforms and other important materials are provided by the schools at the beginning of the academic year.

Underlining the SC’s directions over providing proper infrastructural facilities in the schools, Sibal also asked the states to ensure proper hygiene in schools.

Besides, he also batted for an effective parents-teachers grievance redressal platform proposed in the Act.