Jammu and Kashmir will soon implement the right to education so that every child between four and 14 years will have the right to free and compulsory education till he completes elementary studies, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said here Monday.
Tara Chand, who also holds the education portfolio, said the act was in the final stages of being framed and encompasses provisions contained in the Right to Education Act, 2009. It will also take into account state-specific recommendations as suggested by state-level consultation forums.
"The education department is vigorously pursuing implementation of the Right to Education Act in the state. The legislation is almost ready and the act would ensure compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education besides ensuring good quality education to all," he said. Tara Chand Monday chaired a high level meeting of the education department to review the pace and progress of various projects being implemented in the state.
The deputy chief minister highlighted the role of training in the department and said experts should be called from outside the state and master-trainers should be trained at national level training centers. He said training for teachers both at the time of recruitment as well as during various stages of service was very important.
"In the first instance, at least 25 to 30 teachers from each division should be sent to institutions of national repute so that these master-trainers can then impart training to other teachers in the state," he said. Tara Chand also reviewed tours being organised for students and said preference should be given to students from rural, border, backward and hilly areas.
The deputy chief minister said food being provided in schools should be strictly monitored by a committee involving health officials at district levels. Periodic inspections should also be made to ensure hygienic food in schools.
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