Centre may introduce education Bill next week

Centre may introduce education Bill next week

New Delhi: The Centre is planning to introduce the landmark right to education Bill in the Parliament next week, a senior official of HRD ministry has said.

“In India, education is free but not compulsory. The government’s plan is to make it necessary for all children. We will introduce a Bill in this regard in the ongoing session of Parliament," said Arun Kumar Rath, secretary, elementary education, HRD ministry, at a function here.

He said the government was planning to double the expenditure on education in order to provide education and better facilities to all.

“We are going to enter the school education sector in a big way. This sector was ignored as a state subject. With government planning to increase expenditure on school, the standard of education would certainly go up," Rath said.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the international conference on “Distributed computing and Internet technologies" organized by the KIIT University on Wednesday, 10 December, he said the Bill would ensure every child could get access to education.

The GoM, entrusted with the task of scrutinizing the contentious Bill, had cleared the draft legislation earlier without diluting the content including some of the contentious provisions such as 25% reservation in private schools for disadvantaged children from the neighbourhood at the entry level.

Other key provisions in the Bill are no donation or capitation or interviewing the child or parents as part of a screening procedure.

The right to education Bill is the enabling legislation to notify the 86th constitutional amendment, which gives every child between the age of 6 and 14 years the right to free and compulsory education, passed by Parliament in December 2002.

Founder secretary of KIIT University A. Samanta said that with growing terror menace, computer wizards from across the globe should work on making our Internet security system foolproof.

“We have seen the misuse of Internet technology in the recent terror attacks. If used in a good way, the Internet is a boon but then there are people who are misusing it. We should try and work towards making the Internet safe and secure," he said.