A help-desk to offer clarifications, when sought, on the Right To Education (RTE) Act has been set up at the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT) here. For any query on implementation of the Act, or clarification on specific clauses one could contact the help desk on 044-28278742, said D.Sabitha, Secretary to the School Education Department.
She addressed senior officials of the department, school heads and teacher-trainers as part of a training session on the Act organizes by the DTERT on Thursday. The Department was aware of the challenges before it in implementing the Act, but was fully geared up to meet them, she said. “We have to ensure that homeless children and students living in hilly areas also receive uninterrupted and quality education. As a team, we acknowledge these challenges and will do our best to meet them”.
School Education Minister N.R.Sivapathy said “Education was a priority area for the government. The chief minister had indicated that school education would be given a lot of emphasis even before thee elections, in her election manifesto”.
Urging teachers, parents and school managements to ensure that every clause of the Act is diligently implemented, he said “Teachers must ensure that there is no gap between them and the children. They should be role-models and treat students like their own children.” As many as 12 Government Orders pertaining to the RTE Act have been issued so far.
While the 12 GO's in regard to the RTE Act have taken care of several provisions,, the government is yet to constitute the state Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) mandated by the act. The SCPCR, as an independent body, would have the power to investigate into any case that deals with complaints relating to violations of the RTE Act or child rights in general.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in New Delhi has, for over a year, been urging States up the SCPCRs swiftly. The Chairperson of the NCPCR Shantha Sinha said “Around 12 States have already set up their SCPCR. One would expect a progressive state like TamilNadu to have constituted one by now. The State Government should do so at the earliest, for the Commission can monitor various aspects such as recruitment and training of teachers, teacher-pupil ratio. It is an absolute necessary in the context of the RTE Act”.