Inadequate number of school buildings, disproportionate number of teachers, paucity of funds and lack of basic amenities are likely to pose a problem for the State government in adopting the Right to Education Act in the State, opines State president of United Teachers' Federation N. Narayana.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Right to Education Act – Education system in future' here on Sunday, Mr. Narayana said that the number of children remained out of school that was put at 92 lakhs in the country by Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal was unbelievable because 30 lakh children alone were in Andhra Pradesh.

Further, according to specified norms, at least one lakh teachers would be required to justify the teacher-student ratio.

Some 32,000 SGT posts notified in 2008 had not been filled till date owing to pending litigation in Supreme Court.

Moreover, in order to impart quality education and maintaining standards, teachers for each subject were required, Mr. Narayana said, and added that it was not possible with the present teaching strength.

Panels opposed

Opposing appointment of school management committees, he felt that such appointments would only give room for political interference in school administration.

That apart, reimbursement of private school managements which enrol at least 25 per cent of out-of-school children would require more grants, the UTF leader said.

Demanding immediate filling of all vacant posts through promotions and recruitments, he asked the government to double the SSC spot valuation rate from the present Rs. 4.

United Teachers' Federation honorary president Ch. Subhash Chandra Bose, State unit secretary K. Vijaya Gowri, district unit president K. Seshagiri and others were present.

Keywords: Right to education

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