India recently passed a Right to Education (RTE) legislation which ensures various measures for betterment of children and their rights.However Awareness remains low which CRY has tried to ameliorate by organizing a Festival in Bangalore. Children from different schools will act in various plays in different parts of Bangalore to raise awareness about the clauses of the Act amongst the citizenry
Beginning from Sunday, the theater festival will see children staging street plays in every nook and corner of the city and act out the importance of RTE Act. Busy thoroughfares and malls will be the target of the children’s campaign. The plays will also be performed on November 27 and 28 at three different places of Bangalore. About 90 children in the age group of 11-18 will be participating in the festival.
The schools participating in the festival include Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Cathedral High School, CMR High School, Frank Anthony Public School, Genius Kids and Royale Concorde International School. “Though the RTE Act came into force on April 1, 2010, it is yet to be implemented. Many parents and teachers are not even aware of the Act and its clauses. Through the plays, we will highlight how the Act has to be implemented to change the very face of the Indian education system,” said Sahaya Teresa
India is going to triple its numbers of high school students in the next decade. With increasing per-capita consumption and a scorching 9% GDP growth rate,India's higher education is going to see a massive boom.India has relatively low numbers of high school penetration due to its poor human resources development.Both the quality and quantity of high school education is quite woeful in the country. At similar per-capita income,other countries have a much better education infrastructure than India does right now. For the millions of Indians mired in poverty,Education remains the only path to a better humane living standard. Kapil Sibal,the minister of education said that they are looking to add 1000 Universities to accommodate the surge in students.
India’s higher education enrollment will move up to 44 million from the current 14 million in a decade, the Central government said on Friday, underlining that private players, distance education and foreign education providers will play key roles in ensuring this growth.
Human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit that the Central government looks to add 30 million more students at this level by 2020. “Industry does not create (human) wealth, it translates ideas into wealth. Higher education will create this human wealth.”
RTE has been criticized by many, for many reasons. At the core of RTE is to help uplift the underprivileged by providing their children better education. There is nothing wrong with that, even though you and I are paying for that through the education cess. You may ask whether the cess, is really doing any good.
RTE is a rather noble idea, but we seem to be becoming an Abhimanyu who soon will not know how to come out of the battle formation. Now, there is a new one coming in the form of elite schools
But, now the same folk who brought upAs if this was not enough, the IAS officers who framed these law are looking at a new elite schooling system for their children by way of Sanskriti schools. These schools, somewhat hypocritically, have only 15% of their seats reserved for children of underprivileged classes, and 55% for children of officers of all India government services and central services. These schools will be government funded, and built on government land and also subsidized by the government.
Not too bad yet. But, the government subsidizing means the government will dip into your pocket. The remaining 20% seats will be up for grabs but parents need to cough up more than parents attached to the subsidized 80%. In a way it does imply that the government wants children of its officers to be taught separately and will less infiltration from children of weaker sections. News article in TOI