Pune | Wastepickers’ association drafts plan to implement RTE Act

PUNE: The city-based Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) in association with the SNDT College has drafted a list of recommendations for effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

These recommendations include better management of help centres, effective grievance redressal system and end discrimination in schools among others. The draft was prepared during a programme jointly organized by the SNDT Women’s University’s Department of Continuing & Adult Education & Extension and the KKPKP. As many as 100 parents came together to discuss their experiences and that of their childrens’ while interacting with schools and the state administration.

“The Act is in its fourth year of implementation, so it is a good time to take stock of the issues in city and Pimpri Chinchwad from the parents’ perspective. Parents, mostly from the working class, shared both positive and negative experiences in the first session. The common thread was the parents their desire to ensure what they considered will provide their children with the best education- an English-medium private school,” said Poornima Chikarmane of the SNDT University during a press conference on Monday.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Wastepickers-association-drafts-plan-to-implement-RTE-Act/articleshow/47239503.cms

During the meet, parents discussed about uncooperative officials who delayed income certificates, hostile schools and also how they were made to run from pillar to post for documents. “I have studied till class II, but I want my daughter to be a collector,” said Jyoti Shinde, who took part in the discussion.

The report of the programme prepared by SNDT University and the KKPKP also highlighted that the RTE Act has made it difficult for the parents and children. However, what remains is to ensure that the provisions are implemented in the spirit, the report said.

“The gathering resolved to send a petition to the state education minister and the chief minister,” said Maitrayee Shankar of the KKPKP. The Akhil Bhartiya Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha, the Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), Swadhar and Maher also participated in the event.

Source: The Times of India

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