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RTE: Call to supervise unaided schools, train teachers

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The New Indian Express
March 10, 2013

Increased supervision over unaided schools, training teachers for abolishment of corporal punishment in schools and proactive participation of various stakeholders were some of the observations made in Saturday’s round table discussion on effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The discussion, organised by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) on a High Court directive, saw participation from stakeholders, including representatives from unaided schools, activists, officials, teachers and parents.

“There was an overwhelming unanimity among all the groups that there should be a console over private schools regarding admissions, fees and other aspects.

One strong suggestion made was to introduce the practice of renewing no objection certificates.

“NOC of an erring school would not be renewed,” said V P Niranjan Aradhya, a fellow at Centre for Child and the Law at National Law School of India University (NLSIU).

The one-day discussion was inaugurated by High Court judge Huluvadi G Ramesh, Primary and Secondary Education Secretary G Kumar Naik and KSCPCR chairman H R Umesh Aradhya at Shikshak Sadan.

“We find that teachers are ill-informed about continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and abolition of corporal punishment. There is a need for retraining teachers in these aspects, with the involvement of parents as well,” said Nagasimha G Rao, convener, RTE Task Force.

A suggestion was made that all the future circulars of the Education Department must be issued in consultation with KSCPCR.

A passing suggestion made by one of the participants was to have government officials send their children to government schools only.

“All the suggestions, feedback and observations will be consolidated in a week’s time. The final report will be submitted to the High Court and state government for further advice,” said KSCPCR Secretary Basavaraju.

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