'Give children Rs.50 to spot school dropouts'

NCERT committee recommendation for implementation of RTE Act

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Jasleen Kaur | March 5, 2010




Children who identify school dropouts or other children not going to schools will be given an incentive of Rs.50 if the recommendations of a committee formed by National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) on implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act is accepted.

The committee has submitted its report recommending development of a framework to implement the RTE Act in Delhi. The law has to be implemented from April 1, 2010.

It has also recommended appointing an adequate number of RTE officers. These independently appointed nodal officers will visit various sites to bring to schools those children who are not enrolled.

The committee has also said in its report that alternative modes of education like 'bus schools' and other para-formal schools would have to be replaced by full-time formal schools and the needs of children with disabilities must be addressed through an inclusive classroom system.

The committee report says that road marshals should be drawn from National Cadet Cops (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) to help the children to cross the roads to and from school, especially for the disabled children.

Talking about managing school education, the committee has said that there should be one nodal agency to manage and monitor the functioning of bodies like the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi government schools.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal had said that private schools need not pay salaries to the teachers according to the Pay Commission, but the committee has recommended protection of state salaries for teachers in private schools recognised under the RTE Act.

Ashok Agarwal, a lawyer and activist, heads the 11-member committee formed in December. The committee includes school teachers and members from non-governmental agencies as well, besides other stakeholders.

The report also says that 75 percent of school principals should be selected through direct recruitment and only 25 percent through limited departmental examination. It intends to rule out the conventional appointment of the head of schools by seniority alone. "If we will start taking deserving candidates directly, it will ensure the entry of young teachers with innovative management skills as schools head," says Agarwal.

It adds that all state and state recognised schools in the capital should have a unified website where they can declare results of children along with remarks and reports of their progress in the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.

 

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