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The right of children to free and compulsory Education in India

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 has put a question mark on the Right of Children to Free and CompulsoryEducation (RTE) Act 2009. According to the report, most children in primary schools today are at least three grades behind from where they should have been now! Has RTE become the right to schooling only and not to learning and education? RTE The ASER Report, 2012 has found that learning levels have dipped to an all-time low! Children of 6-7 year-olds (Class I) Almost 40% cannot Almost half of the students cannot read even one letter in any language Over 57% cannot read any English recognize numbers between 1 and 9 Children between Class I and V i 12.8% could not read a single letter 10.7% could not recognize numbers 1 to 9 The number of children in Class V who could read Class II text fell from 53.7% in 2010 to 46.8% in 2012. In 2010, 7 out of 10 children could solve a two-digit sub- traction problem with borrowing. This has come down to 5 out of 10 in 2012. 7 In 2008, the proportion of children in Class III who could read a Class I text was under 50% which has dipped to nearly 30%. Encouraging Findings School-level enrolment rates continue to rise, the Right to Education Act (RTE) seems to be helping develop better school infrastructure. School enrolment stands at over 96 per cent for the fourth consecutive year. Why things are moving in the op- posite direction? The RTE Act may have led to a relaxation in teaching stan- dards since all children are now promoted automatically to the next class till Class VIII.The act, however, suggests the introduction of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in schools to assess how well the children were learning. Are teachers equipped to take corrective action as the law prescribes? RTE Teacher vacancies, however, remain a big problem at primary schools The proportion of out-of-school children is slightly up from 3.3 per cent to 3.5 per cent, and it is more for girls (11-14 years) at 6 per cent from 5.2 percent in 2011. 27% of all schools visited had no drinking water facility in 2012, proportion of schools with useable toilets is only 56.5% and mid-day-meal was served in 87% of the schools. The desired student-teacher ratio is missing in nearly 60% of the schools across India. Though, some of the parameters under the RTE Act have improved, it's far from where it should be, revealed the study The number of 6-14 year olds enrolled in private schools has jumped from 18.7% in 2006 to 28.3% in 2012 and is estimated to reach 50% in the next 10 years. Does this indicate a growing distrust of the common man against state-run schools in the country? The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 has put a question mark on the Right of Children to Free and CompulsoryEducation (RTE) Act 2009. According to the report, most children in primary schools today are at least three grades behind from where they should have been now! Has RTE become the right to schooling only and not to learning and education? RTE The ASER Report, 2012 has found that learning levels have dipped to an all-time low! Children of 6-7 year-olds (Class I) Almost 40% cannot Almost half of the students cannot read even one letter in any language Over 57% cannot read any English recognize numbers between 1 and 9 Children between Class I and V i 12.8% could not read a single letter 10.7% could not recognize numbers 1 to 9 The number of children in Class V who could read Class II text fell from 53.7% in 2010 to 46.8% in 2012. In 2010, 7 out of 10 children could solve a two-digit sub- traction problem with borrowing. This has come down to 5 out of 10 in 2012. 7 In 2008, the proportion of children in Class III who could read a Class I text was under 50% which has dipped to nearly 30%. Encouraging Findings School-level enrolment rates continue to rise, the Right to Education Act (RTE) seems to be helping develop better school infrastructure. School enrolment stands at over 96 per cent for the fourth consecutive year. Why things are moving in the op- posite direction? The RTE Act may have led to a relaxation in teaching stan- dards since all children are now promoted automatically to the next class till Class VIII.The act, however, suggests the introduction of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in schools to assess how well the children were learning. Are teachers equipped to take corrective action as the law prescribes? RTE Teacher vacancies, however, remain a big problem at primary schools The proportion of out-of-school children is slightly up from 3.3 per cent to 3.5 per cent, and it is more for girls (11-14 years) at 6 per cent from 5.2 percent in 2011. 27% of all schools visited had no drinking water facility in 2012, proportion of schools with useable toilets is only 56.5% and mid-day-meal was served in 87% of the schools. The desired student-teacher ratio is missing in nearly 60% of the schools across India. Though, some of the parameters under the RTE Act have improved, it's far from where it should be, revealed the study The number of 6-14 year olds enrolled in private schools has jumped from 18.7% in 2006 to 28.3% in 2012 and is estimated to reach 50% in the next 10 years. Does this indicate a growing distrust of the common man against state-run schools in the country?

The right of children to free and compulsory Education in India

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Has RTE( Right to Education) in India become the right to schooling only and not to learning and education? Putting a question mark on government policies and the implementation of Right to Education...

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