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A case for school committees for RTE implementation

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The Hindu, December 3rd, 2012
Appointment of school management committees to ensure speedy implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and bring about qualitative improvement in education was emphasised by the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

The Commission’s Chairperson Deepak Kalra said in Sikar over the week-end that the committees should be reconstituted and strengthened in those schools where they are defunct. Heads and members of the committees should also be properly trained for effective supervision of activities in schools, she said.

Ms. Kalra reviewed the progress of the RTE Act in Sikar district. She sought information about government school teachers sent on deputation, appointment of new teachers and admission of students in private schools under the pioneering legislation.

“The Commission would praise initiatives for opening new children’s homes through non-government organisations and monitor the meetings of Child Protection Units, which must be held regularly,” Ms. Kalra said.

She said maternal health is closely linked with child welfare. She emphasised the need for increasing institutional deliveries, supply of nutritious food to women in government health care institutions and effective steps to curb female foeticide.

Officers of the Education Department and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) attended the review meeting. They included District Education Officer Birda Singh Rawat and Additional District Project Coordinator (SSA) Sardara Ram Yadav.

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