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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 253) 15 Oct 2013
- Sanjukta Basu, Associate, Research
RTE Act Section 16: Benefactors?

Most of the discussions on the Right to Education (RTE) Act focus on reserving the seats in the private schools for disadvantaged groups (Section 12), pupil-teacher ratio, school management committees or the infrastructure norms. However, another interesting and relatively unexplored part of the RTE Act is Section 16. Section 16 of the RTE Act prohibits expulsion or retention of students till the completion of elementary education. In simple words, it implies that no student can be retained under any condition whatsoever. This is one of the least discussed segments of the Act. Moreover, there are some fundamental and critical questions which have not been addressed properly since its implementation. For instance – What is the purpose of such a clause? Who is it benefitting – the students, the teachers, or the system on the whole?

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Research

Right to Homeschooling vs Right to Education
Jandhyala B G Tilak, Economic and Political Weekly

Abstract: The affidavit submitted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Delhi High Court recently clarifying that parents can choose to homeschool their children is violative of the Right to Education Act.

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Education News
 

Private schools threaten to defy RTE rules
- The New Indian Express, 14 Oct 2013
“We cannot continue to cooperate with the  state government in implementing the RTE Act from next academic year, unless the government addresses our issues,’’ L R Shivarame Gowda.

Bombay high court reserves verdict on RTE for unaided minority schools
- The Times of India, 12 Oct 2013
"Arguments by all parties concluded before the court today. The bench has reserved its judgment and we expect it to come after Diwali vacation," high court government pleader S K Shinde told TOI on Friday.

Schools say RTE quotas breed indiscipline: Survey
- The Times of India, 11 Oct 2013
A survey on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act-2009 says that many principals feel that the weaker sections (WS) quota is lowering the quality of schools as their seats are being given away to the "undeserving" and the "ungrateful".

HRD Ministry to open 50 educational DTH channels
- India Education Review, 09 Oct 2013
Ashok Thakur, Secretary Higher Education said these channels will be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan as new one will be more interactive.

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Factoid
23.9 % of rural schools in India do not have a library.

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