Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lok Satta to survey implementation Of Right to Education Act

Lok Satta Party units in districts will undertake a random survey of elementary schools to ascertain to what extent the Andhra Pradesh Government has taken steps to implement the Right to Education Act which came into force this year.

The Act provides for free and compulsory education to all children in the 6-14 age group from Classes I to VIII.

Mr. V. Laxman Balaji and Mr. V. Vijayender Reddy, General Secretary and Secretary of the Lok Satta Party said in a statement that civic society would have to share the responsibility with the Government in making the Act a success since the future of the country depends on the toddlers in schools today.

The Lok Satta teams will examine whether the schools have the basic infrastructure like buildings, toilets and drinking water facility and adequate number of qualified teachers and whether they are accessible to students in both urban and rural areas. The Act provides that even private schools have to set apart 25 percent of their admissions for children belonging to the disadvantaged sections.

Once the party receives the survey reports in the next fortnight, the Lok Satta units will adopt some schools and provide the missing amenities. Meanwhile party workers will join hands with Government officials and NGOs to ensure that all eligible students are enrolled in schools.

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