STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Cuttack, 14 November
A state-level consultation on Right to Education (RTE) Act lamented that there is a long way to go for successful implementation of the ambitious Act, while suggesting several measures to make it more pro-active.
“As per section 11 of RTE Act, every child from the age group of three to six years of age should be provided quality early childhood care and education.
“The state, however, is not taking appropriate action in this regard,. This results in high drop outs, improper transition from pre-primary to primary education,” said Dr Bikash Das, president, Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (Clap).
Observing that the RTE Act was enacted by the Parliament in 2009 and it was envisaged under the Act to examine the law within a period of three years from the date of commencement of the Act, Dr Das lamented that the quality early childhood education is still a far cry even after three year period.
The consultation was organised by Clap in collaboration with Odisha Secondary School Teachers Association (OSSTA), All Utkal Primary Teachers’ Federation (AUPTF), All Odisha Lower Secondary Teachers Association (ALOSTA), Odisha RTE Forum, Odisha Alliance on Convention on Rights of the Child, CACL, Odisha, Odisha-FORCES and National Campaign for ECCE Right (NCER)
Several suggestions, views and comments  relating to the  “Implementation of the RTE Act” was discussed in the consultation by the representatives.  Particularly, the impact on the quality of education, problem areas being noticed in guaranteeing the right to children by the implementing agencies, suggestion for removal of the same, viability of various rules and guidelines framed under the Act, funding pattern and constraints,  and monitoring  and mechanism aspect figured prominently in the discussions.