Saturday, 18 April 2015

What is wrong with U.P. Rules framed under The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act ,2009?

Why have the provisions of The  Right of Children  to  Free and Compulsory Education act ,2009  remained broadly unimplemented in U.P. so far, despite the fact that  it came into force  on April 1,2010  duly  notified by Central Government? What is wrong with us in this state?Why  have other states  gone far ahead than U.P.?
I have identified the five major areas as below:
1.The rules authorise the district Basic Shiksha Adhikari to  prepare a list of eligible disadvantaged /weaker students and allocate these  students to different schools which have the duty to admit these students .This centralisation is not only time consuming and inefficient .It  has the potential to  result in large scale corruption and malpractices.Why cant we  provide for parents applying directly to the schools , with  copies of  requisite certificates.?Only when private schools do not act  or respond, the official machinery should intervene.

2.The second important area is regarding the inadequate compensation to be paid to the private schools when they accept to educate the children from the disadvantaged /weaker sections.At present , it has been kept at Rs. 450 per student per month.This is much lower than the actual expenditure per student per month  in government schools, as any simple calculation would indicate.Why the government has chosen to disregard the provisions of law and deliberately kept it low, is not  clear.Perhaps , it is a case of indifference , perhaps a case of bonafide mistake .In either case , it needs to be corrected post haste.

3.Thirdly , we need to encourage private schools to provide better infrastructure, better  paid teachers , better equipments  than are available at government schools .This implies that government   should give a free hand to the private schools to fix the fees that they  can charge from the students.Only this kind of revenue model will encourage the private schools to implement the Right to Education Act , in letter and spirit.
4. Fourthly , the government must not artificially bring in  the concept of municipal wards while defining  the radius of one km (for primary schools)from the residence of a disadvantaged /weaker section student.The Right to Education Act does not recognise any ward for  its implementation .
5.Last but not the least .If there are more than one private schools in the neighbourhood which can give admission to the students of the disadvantaged sections ,to which  school should such children be sent?It should not be left to the fancy/discretion  of a government official ,or even to the parents of children .It should be decided strictly by the shortest  distance , because that alone is the most objective  parameter.
                If  these five categories of  issues are  addressed in fair, just and objective manner , we shall be doing a great service to the children of Uttar Pradesh .The question is :who will do it and after how much time?