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Free and compulsory education to all children in the 6-14 age group in India : Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Posted by Admin on 10-04-2013 at 6:21 am Under General Educational news

New Delhi, (IANS) Three years since it came into being and promised free and compulsory education to all children in the 6-14 age group in India, redressing violations of the Right to Education (RTE) Act across the country has been apparently poor, a fact ascribed by the chief monitoring body to teacher shortage and lack of educational infrastructure.

An RTI reply reveals that till date only 32 percent cases of violation have been dealt with. According to the RTI reply, of the 3,632 complaints received over the last three years, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the chief monitoring body for the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, has been able to act on just 1,191 cases. In other words, 68 percent of the cases remain unacted.

RTI activist Rashmi Gupta, who had sought the information, said that the figures are disheartening, to say the least.

A different RTI querry filed by Gupta further revealed that the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has received 557 complaints of RTE violations in the last three years, of which 116 have been disposed of - a disposal rate of 21 percent.

To give some state-wise examples: NCPCR received 970 complaints from Delhi over the last three years. Only 235 have been disposed of until now. Similarly, of the 842 complaints received from Andhra Pradesh, only 44 have been disposed of.

In the case of Uttar Pradesh, 83 of the 179 complaints have been disposed of and in the case of Maharashtra, 108 of 150 have been disposed of.

Elaborating on the nature of complaints received, the RTI reply states: "Infrastructure, corporal punishment, denial of admission, denial of entitlements, pupil-teacher ratio, and detention are the major issues regarding which complaints were made."

Surprisingly, NCPCR chairperson Shantha Sinha has a different take on the figures revealed by the RTI reply. "Every complaint that has come to us has been disposed of. We don't have any case pending," Sinha told IANS.

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