It is five years since the Right To Education (RTE) was introduced with much enthusiasm in the State. However, an appraisal of the project and its implementation status is not very satisfactory. As a result, the government is rethinking about the RTE, reports Kannada Prabha.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait told mediapersons that the State government was reconsidering the RTE in view of the steep drop in admissions to the government schools, the discriminatory attitude of the private schools and other issues. He said Karnataka being in the forefront in implementing the RTE in the country is facing a steep drop in admissions to the government schools and also the discrimination meted out to the RTE students at private schools. Hence, the government is rethinking about the RTE, he said.
There are over 5,000 private schools which depend on RTE seats as more and more students are opting for private schools. Some ministers also have expressed their dissatisfaction over the declining number of students in government and Kannada schools. Hence considering this, the RTE needs to be re-looked into, he said.
According to the discussions at the department, the first priority is to fill up the government schools. Next comes the aided schools with 'A' and private schools with 'B' grades. Unless the government schools are filled up on priority, the seats would not be given to the private schools, Tanveer Sait.
Tanveer sait also announced that from November 1, under the 'Ksheera Bhagya' scheme, milk in tetra packs will be provided to schoolchildren. In the first phase, schools in Mysuru and Raichuru will be supplied and gradually it will be extended to the entire State after considering the pros and cons, he said.