Right To Education

  • Private schools refuse admission to many after SC order on RTE Act May 9, 2014

    Bangalore: The Supreme Court's latest order allowing aided minority schools to stay out of the ambit of the Right To Education Act has left at least 1,200 students in the lurch, with private schools now refusing admissions for the academic year. Child rights activists say this will have wider implications...
  • SC upholds constitutional validity of Right to Education Act May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act, which mandates that 25 per cent seats in all schools be reserved for the economically disadvantaged. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said that the Act will not...
  • Karnataka: Private schools on a warpath with the government March 10, 2014

    Bangalore: Private schools in Karnataka are set on a collision course with the government. They have said that poor children should be accommodated in government schools first and should apply to private schools under the Right to Education quota only if no government seats are left. "When you have filled...
  • Lack of awareness about RTE Act in private schools: Survey January 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Only 50 per cent of the 35,000 seats reserved in private schools for children belonging to disadvantaged groups and the economically weaker sections were filled last year in the national capital, a survey done by an NGO has found. The main reason for the above was a lack of...
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal increases working hours of school teachers January 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday increased the working hours of school teachers to 45 hours per week. According to the new order, school teachers working in government/government aided and un-aided recognised schools will have to devote 45 hours teaching per week. The existing time for teachers...
  • Three years on, RTE objectives yet to be achieved: HRD Ministry January 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Even three years after the ambitious Right To Education (RTE) came into force, nearly 20 per cent of government schools are yet to have professionally qualified teachers, according to a study conducted by the HRD ministry. The study for 2012-13 revealed that the percentage of professionally-educated teachers in government...
  • We have a shortage of 6 lakh teachers: Pallam Raju December 7, 2013

    There is a shortage of six lakh teachers in the country and initiatives are being taken to fill in the gap as the focus is to provide quality education, Union Human Resource Development Minister M M Pallam Raju said in Jamshedpur on Saturday. "We have made strides with regard to infrastructure development, teacher recruitment as...
  • Delhi gangrape: Convicts allowed to pursue studies in Tihar Jail September 18, 2013

    Two of the four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape case were on Wednesday allowed to pursue their studies in Tihar Jail by a Delhi court after they contended that the Right to Education is a fundamental right. Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh Thakur, who along with Mukesh and...
  • Need to improve quality of education in our schools, says PM August 15, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday there was need to improve the quality of education and much still remained to be done to reform India's educational system. "Many of our schools still lack drinking water facilities, toilets and other necessary infrastructure," Manmohan Singh said in his address to the nation...
  • '80 pc migrant kids in Mahrashtra have little or no education' June 9, 2013

    Mumbai: As many as 80 per cent children of migrant labourers in the state either drop out of schools or have no education at all as they get sucked into the labour workforce, a study released here Sunday reveals. According to the study by a noted NGO, while Maharashtra government's Right...
  • Primary education in India needs a fix June 3, 2013

    When Devanik Saha started teaching in 2011, Nishika was three years behind her grade level. Despite numerous assignments and standardised tests over two academic years, she made only a tiny progress of 0.7 years (about eight-and-a-half months) in maths and 0.5 years (six months) in English. "She was never taught properly...
  • Delhi HC verdict on nursery admissions challenged in SC May 16, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court verdict that the Right to Education (RTE) Act is not applicable to nursery admission in unaided private schools has been challenged in the Supreme Court. An NGO, Social Jurist, has approached the apex court, saying that the high court erred in law in holding...
  • Punjab government orders closure of 473 private schools April 18, 2013

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government has ordered closure of 473 private schools after they failed to implement norms of the right to education (RTE) act, a minister said on Wednesday. Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said the non-affiliated private schools have been asked to wind up their operations immediately. "The Punjab government...
  • Jagdish Tytler criticises Odisha CM's youth policy April 9, 2013

    Berhampur: Opposition Congress on Monday said the newly-launched Odisha State Youth Policy would have no impact on the electorate and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was trying to fool the people of the state. The policy was launched by Patnaik on Sunday. "It is too late. The central government has already...
  • Government says no to RTE deadline extension April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday rejected the demand of some states of extending RTE deadline on meeting infrastructure norms but asked them to act tough on schools which are lagging far behind in implementing them. Amid concerns over schools which have failed to meet the RTE obligations by the...
  • RTE deadline ends, many schools yet to implement norms March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The deadline for meeting the infrastructure provisions under the Right To Education came to an end on Sunday, with widespread apprehension about the closure of schools which have failed in implementing them. Even as the Human Resource Development Ministry has turned down request from some states to extend...
  • Closure of unrecognized schools will effect lakhs of children March 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi BJP state President Vijay Goel on Monday criticized the state government's reported move to shut down 2,235 unrecognized public schools in the city saying the step will deprive four and a half lakh children of education. "As a result of closure of 2235 schools, four and a...
  • Most states to miss RTE deadline, but extension unlikely March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The Government on Saturday ruled out extending the deadline beyond March 31 for schools to meet RTE requirements even as it conceded that many states were lagging behind and said a committee is being set up to expedite the implementation process. HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju was evasive when...
  • Karnataka: Families forge income certificates, RTE scam flourishes March 20, 2013

    Bangalore: The Right to Education is not even a year old yet, but the whiff of a scam is already gathering steam in Karnataka. The schools in Karnataka say that families fake their income certificates which are generously issued by tahsildars to make themselves eligible for RTE, even as the...
  • No change in nursery admission criteria in Delhi: HC February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: There will be no change in the criteria for nursery admissions in Delhi schools, the High Court ruled on Tuesday while saying that the government should consider necessary amendments to the Right to Education Act to include nursery admissions as well. The Delhi High Court while disposing off the...
  • NHRC to probe forcible toilet cleaning by school students December 23, 2012

    Kendrapara (Odisha): The alleged punishment of cleaning of toilets meted out to primary school children in Odisha's Kendrapara district last year has come under the scanner of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), official sources said. The NHRC has issuedo summons against the Commissioner-cum-secretary of schools and mass education department a...
  • Law to end the menace of capitation fee soon November 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Ministry will bring a new bill to stop the menace capitation fees in medical and engineering colleges. The bill proposes stern action against the guilty institutions. Despite opposition by Bihar and other states, the Central Government has stuck to his decision to implement the Right...
  • Increase age limit for RTE: K'taka govt August 3, 2012

    Bangalore: The state government has decided to request the Centre to increase the age limit for compulsory education to 18 from the present limit of 16.The students needs to be educated from six years. The government in the Assembly on Thursday has also sought a clarification from the Union HRD...
  • RTE Act a failure in Karnataka? July 20, 2012

    Bangalore: Electrical serviceman Peter Murali was thrilled when he realised his son Xavier could go to a good private school when the Right to Education (RTE) became law. But the cold shoulder he got from school officials made him rethink. After all, it was a school his son had to...
  • Discrimination over RTE rampant in Karnataka July 19, 2012

    The NCPCR has sought a report on the discrimination with RTE-quota students from the Karnataka government within seven days. ...
  • Bangalore school acting against poor: Protesters November 7, 2012

    The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a probe and an Action Taken Report from the state govt within 7 days. ...
  • K'taka RTE kids case: NCPCR demands report July 19, 2012

    Bangalore: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Thursday asked the Karnataka government to submit a report following allegations that four students from economically weaker section (EWS) were humiliated in a prominent Bangalore school. Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the NCPCR directed Karnataka Education Secretary...
  • Is there a class divide between rich and poor in our schools? July 18, 2012

    There is anger and outrage after the hair of poor children admitted under the RTE was cut and they were sent to back benches. ...
  • Bangalore: RTE quota students face discrimination July 18, 2012

    Bangalore: Is the Right to Education Act leading to more discrimination and elitism by schools? That is what it seems like in Bangalore with some six-year-olds at a school saying they've been tormented everyday by both school officials and classmates. They faced the torture because they got admitted under the 25...
  • Karnataka schools call off strike against RTE July 18, 2012

    Bangalore: The Karnataka Schools Association on Wednesday decided to call off their strike, putting the blame on vested interests for the failure of it. According to sources, the classes will resume from Thursday. However, the association has decided to continue with the Satyagraha against the hasty implementation of the Right to Education...