Amendment to RTE Act: Educationists, experts oppose bill to scrap no-detention policy till Class 8

No class is specified after which detention will be legal, implying that children can be held back from entry level.

A day before the Delhi Assembly discusses the amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act that will do away with the “no-detention policy”, educationists, NGOs and experts alike have come out in strong opposition of the move. They have called it “damaging, regressive and counter-productive” for school education.

Blueprint for a flawless education system

Quality education and skills training are two of the most critical ingredients for youth empowerment, for the demographic dividend, and for a prosperous and peaceful India. The access to education is now almost universal; we have built schools, provided mid-day meals, uniforms and textbooks to attract students to schools. And more than 96% of school-going age children are in schools.

Budget Schools Panic

With the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 having been substantially cleared by the Supreme Court on April 12, promoters of Delhi’s estimated 7,000-12,000 private budget schools — low-cost primaries established by small-time edupreneurs in the city’s proliferating slums and down-market residential areas — are in a panic. Under s.19 read together with the Schedule of the RTE Act, schools which don’t fulfill the infrastructure norms specified therein risk being shut down.

We Mean Business: Will Right to Education lead to resource crunch?

On We Mean Business, our panel of experts - TV Mohandas Pai, Rashmi S Chari, Parth J Shah, Ashok Agarwal, Ashok Pratap Singh and Dhiraj Mathur, discuss the landmark judgement by Supreme Court on the constitutional right of education requiring all private schools to reserve 25 per cent of their seats for poor students. But the question is, will the right to education be a game changer for the Indian economy?

Path-breaking rules under the Right to Education Act, in Gujarat

One major initiative of the Indian government, in the field of education, was the Right to Education Act of 2009. This act has major problems, as has been argued by numerous observers and experts in the field. This Act focuses on the interests of incumbent public sector education providers, instead of focusing on the interests of children and parents. It is focused on inputs into the educational process, regardless of the outcomes which are coming out.