MLC from North Andhra Graduates’ Constituency M.V.S. Sarma on Sunday called for better coordination among government and non-government organisations for effective implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act.

At a roundtable conducted at Ba-Bapu Bhavan under the joint aegis of Bal Vikas Foundation and Nature, an NGO, Mr. Sarma described as most unfortunate the casual approach with which the implementation of RTE – compulsory education for children below 14 – had been taken up so far by officials at various levels.

The programme was conducted with the support of Save the Children, AP Alliance for Child Rights and UNICEF.

Mr. Sarma said RTE was the key to social transformation and opined that everyone concerned with the implementation of RTE should work with commitment and passion to achieve the desired results. He felt that the government officials should show more seriousness for implementation of RTE. The NGOs should inspect the schools to oversee the progress of teaching and attendance of students as well as enrolment.

Secretary of Gandhi Centre K.S. Sastry said the legislation on RTE was a revolutionary step and the loopholes in its implementation should be plugged without much dilly-dallying. Bal Vikas Foundation secretary Narava Prakasa Rao,Nature CEO S. Balaraju Abdul Requeeb from POWR, Prabhavati from Samata, Ramadevi from Visakha Film Club, and Samsuddin from Help Society attended.

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