PRESS RELEASE - AIPA SENDS RESOLUTION ON RTE TO PM, UNION HRD MINISTER AND NAC CHAIRPERSON DEMANDING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ALL INDIA PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Aggarwal Bhawan, G. T. Road, Tis Hazari, Delhi -110054
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On the eve of completion of 3 years of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which marks the lapse of statutory deadline for implementation of several key provisions of the Act, a meeting was jointly organized by All India Parents Association under the Presidentship of Advocate Ashok Agarwal, and Social Jurist, a civil rights group on 31.03.2013 at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. Various lawyers, social activists, parents and children from various government-run and private schools attended the meet. The following resolution was passed unanimously in the said meeting:
• In consonance with Article 21-A of the Constitution of India, school-education whether provided through government-run or private schools, should be made completely free for children. The financial burden should be borne by the government and not by parents.
• All existing government schools should be upgraded to the minimum level of Kendriya Vidyalayas. Further, the existing number of government schools should be doubled and all children upto the age of 18 years should be brought into the schools and given quality education.
• A national law should be enacted to regulate fees and other charges chargeable by private schools. Such a law should also give at least 50% representation to the parents in school management committees of private schools.
• A Constitutional amendment should be brought in to bring unaided minority schools also within the ambit of Article 21-A of the Constitution, so that the RTE Act, 2009 can also be applied to unaided minority schools and a uniform scheme can be made applicable to all schools.
• The RTE Act, 2009 should be amended to bring the children of the age-group 0-6 within the Act.
Copies of this resolution have been sent to the Prime Minister of India, Union HRD Minister and Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, National Advisory Council with a request to immediately look into the same and take appropriate action on urgent basis.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
National President, AIPA