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Right to Education to be reality in JK soon

Implementation, Litigation, Right to Education


Greater Kashmir

The Right to Education (RTE) is expected be a reality in Jammu and Kashmir as the proposed legislation, guaranteeing children their right to quality elementary education, has been cleared by the Finance and Planning departments.
Highly placed sources in the state Education department informed Greater Kashmir that the Central Right to Education Act (RTEA) is likely to be adopted in totality in the State with prime focus on regulation of private schools and providing schools within the shortest possible distance to enable each and every child to have access to free primary education.
The legislation, presently prepared in the form of an Ordinance by the Higher Education Department, has been cleared by the Planning and Finance Departments and it has now been forwarded to the Law Department for vetting, sources said.
“The Ordinance has been prepared in consultation with the experts to ensure that the Central Act is adapted in letter and spirit and the benefit percolates to all,” they added.
The Law Department is studying the Ordinance to ensure it does not have any legal implications or loopholes. After examining the legalities of the proposed Ordinance, the Law Department will send it back to the Higher Education Department after which it will be placed before the Cabinet for final nod.
“We are awaiting clearance from the Law Department. The moment we receive it, it will be placed before the Cabinet,” Secretary Education, Hridesh Kumar Singh, told Greater Kashmir.
Meanwhile, sources informed that the prime focus of the government is to regulate the private schools regarding their fee structure, infrastructure, staff salary and other facilities being provided to the students.
“Many private schools in the state do not have the required infrastructure and other facilities as needed under the Right to Education Act,” they said adding, “They will be given some time to upgrade their infrastructure and make up for other requisite facilities.”
“Free and compulsory education up to 8th class, thrust on quality education, schools within the shortest possible distance, especially in far-flung areas and minimum rooms and teachers required for a school, are the other priority areas of the government,” sources said adding, “The government is also mulling to engage trained teachers only after a particular time.”

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