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Ensure health, education and safety of children during unprecedented crisis of Covid -19: RTE Forum

The Right to Education Forum (RTE Forum) through a memorandum to the Prime Minister, has appealed to the Government to take a dozen of necessary steps to ensure the rights of children during this crisis period. Coinciding with the completion of 10 years of landmark Right to Education Act, the forum said that Government must guarantee food and nutrition to millions …

10 Years of little progress of the Right to Education: END OF A DREAM VISION?

The ‘poor’ anganwadi centre, which represents the last mile extension of one of the greatest child centric and community welfare interventions under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) that began in 1975, has been in the eye of storm  for quite some time over issues of corruption, inefficiency and some people of late have even questioned its need in the first place. …

Present discourse around RTE, teachers, quality, and equity hollow: Prof Poonam Batra

This year (2019) March, some 11 lakh unqualified teachers appointed prior to 2015 who are engaged in teaching work in schools as para teachers across the length and breadth of country have to become professionally qualified under the amended provisions of sub-section (1) of section 23 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. It was expected …

2018 YEAR END SPECIAL: Consolidation of government primary schools raising a storm

Mirroring a countrywide trend of shutting down schools,  North Delhi (Municipal) Corporation finalized a proposal to merge 20 of its schools and create 10 out of this in December 2018. The three municipal corporations which together have 1750 primary schools with an aggregate of over 7.76 lakh students, had reliably identified 200 low enrolment schools for closure by November 2018. …

Budget private schools feeling RTE Act heat staged a protest rally in national capital on April 7

Weather gods deflate NISA Big Show The much orchestrated show of strength by National Coalition for School Education (NISA) where about one lakh representatives (majorly school owners) from country’s budget private schools (BPS) were expected to join a protest rally in Delhi’s famed Ram Leela ground on April 7, against government high-handedness on account of RTE Act implementation, turned out …

RTE Activists up in arms, preparing to turn failure in RTE implementation into a political issue in 2019 general election

92% schools in country are non-RTE Act compliant: Activists Upping the ante against the non-implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, activists on the eve of 8th anniversary of the enactment (April 1) have given a call to make this a huge electoral issue in the next year’s (2019)  Lok Sabha (Parliament) election. At …

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