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Karnataka wants PUC level education under RTE ambit

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The Times of India, 02 August 2012

Karnataka may have lagged behind other states in implementing the RTE Act but it’s in a hurry to push the Centre to amend the Act to extend the provision of free and compulsory education up to the age of 18, from the present 6-14 category.

Primary and secondary education minister Visveshwara Hegde Kageri on Wednesday said they have been pressing the Centre to bring PUC level education under RTE ambit and also share the financial burden of implementing the provisions with states.

“The expenditure on implementing the legislation will run into thousands of crores of rupees in the coming years, and the Centre should clearly spell out on its share,” Kageri said. The minister said the government has lodged a complaint against Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (Kusma) president GS Sharma for his alleged derogatory remark against students from lower strata and warned of action against private managements refusing to implement the RTE Act.

“The government henceforth will not accept any discrimination against students admitted under the RTE Act and violators will be dealt with seriously,” he added. Kageri said the BJP government’s immediate agenda is to ensure 100% implementation of RTE in Karnataka by filling about 1.2 lakh seats from the next academic year.

He also agreed to look into the demand of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa who argued that teachers with mere Teachers Certificate Higher Course (TCH) won’t be able to impart quality education to the children. “The successful completion of degree course should be made mandatory for them,” he added.

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