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Seminar on Right to Education Act organised

T. MADHAVAN
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Tribute by school: Three Rashtrapathi Awardees for Scouts & Guides movement, Gayathri, Mahalakshmi and Reena Raju along with the Guides teachers Visalakshi, were honoured by the school principal Gayathri Ramachandran at Shri Natesan Vidyasala, Mannivakkam.
Tribute by school: Three Rashtrapathi Awardees for Scouts & Guides movement, Gayathri, Mahalakshmi and Reena Raju along with the Guides teachers Visalakshi, were honoured by the school principal Gayathri Ramachandran at Shri Natesan Vidyasala, Mannivakkam.

“Though the Government has taken considerable time to pass the Right to Education Act, 2009, it has ignored many of the concrete, viable suggestions given by honest educationists. The Act needs to be replaced with a new pragmatic legislation or suitable amendments. The legislation in its present form is retrograde,” opined the speakers at the seminar on Right to Education Act, organised recently by Shri Natesan Vidyasala, Mannivakkam. The school also celebrated the Parent's Day with variety programmes and prize distribution thereafter.

Former principal of A M Jain College, R. Balasubramaniyan presided over the seminar. School principal Gayathri Ramachandran welcomed the gathering and briefed about the concepts of Right of Education Act.

Educationist N Ramasubramanyan dwelt upon the salient features of the Act. He said, “While the motive behind the Act is to impart Education to all children, aged between six and 14, some of the provisions are clumsy, misleading and may not be achieving the desired objectives. Poor allocation of funds cannot accomplish the highly laudable objective.

Scrapping examinations up to Class VIII is highly retrograding and this is being aped from the West, where it is condemned as pulling down the quality of education. The provision of no-punishment both physical and mental is certainly not a bad idea. But, it becomes counterproductive with children becoming aggressive, undisciplined and insulting the teachers and school management.

Thus the self-respect of the educators takes a severe beating. Hence, many teachers leave the teaching profession and opt for other services,” he said.

“The Government has left the school education sector about 20 years back and the vacuum is filled up by private sector to a very great extent.

Out of about 15 lakh schools in India, 27 per cent are in the private sector. Fixing very low fees structure, imposing extraordinary conditions for creation of infrastructural facilities, low and delayed compensation for reservation of 25 per cent of seats freely for children belonging to the disadvantaged groups and other provisions including determining high salary for teachers with statutory benefits like PF, gratuity, ESI, etc. would make most of the private schools economically unviable.

This may lead to closure of many private schools. It is astonishing to note that the Act does not talk anything about infrastructure requirements in Government schools,” Mr. Ramasubramanyan said.

Three Rashtrapathi Awardees for Scouts & Guides Movement, Gayathri, Mahalakshmi and Reena Raju along with the Guides teachers Visalakshi, were honoured by the school principal Ms. Gayathri Ramachandran.

Various competitions were conducted for the parents and prizes were distributed by B. Swaminathan, trustee of the school. Executive vice-principal, Pratima Viswanathan, proposed a vote of thanks.

T. MADHAVAN

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